Seniors' seasonal movements for health enhancement

Zhou, Lingqiang, Yu, Jibin, Wu, Mao-Ying, Wall, Geoffrey, and Pearce, Philip L. (2017) Seniors' seasonal movements for health enhancement. Service Industries Journal, 38 (1-2). pp. 27-47.

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Abstract

Seasonal migration is an emerging trend among seniors in China. In comparison with the lifestyle-oriented migrations of seniors in much of the western world, Chinese seniors often travel with a focus on improving their health and longevity. Adapting the concept of a therapeutic landscape, the changes experienced by seniors with health problems who visit Bama County, a remote area in southwest China well-known for the longevity of its residents, are explored through personal observation and in-depth interviews. All seniors reported improvements, to different degrees, in their physical, mental and social health. These positive transformations were attributed to the therapeutic physical, social and symbolic landscapes of Bama, as well as to the seniors' proactive actions and their positive mindset. Implications are offered to the service industry, especially the broad tourism and hospitality industry, that is interested in attracting and catering to the aging Chinese population.

Item ID: 51897
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1743-9507
Keywords: seasonal migration, seniors, therapeutic landscape, well-being, China
Funders: Natural Science Youth Foundation of Zhejiang Province (NSYF)
Projects and Grants: NSYF LQ15G030002
Date Deposited: 27 Dec 2017 07:46
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150604 Tourism Marketing @ 100%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900302 Socio-Cultural Issues in Tourism @ 100%
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