ERIC Number: ED235090
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Accessibility, Housing, Recreational Participation and Retirement Life Satisfaction: Some Preliminary Results. Revised.
Romsa, Gerald; Bondy, Patricia
The hypothesis of this 1982 study of retirees in the city of Windsor (Canada) is that retired persons with the fewest housing constraints should exhibit a more active leisure behavior pattern and a higher expression of life satisfaction. To obtain the retirees' socioeconomic and demographic profile data, life histories, freetime activity patterns and measures of life satisfaction levels, 120 interviews, stratified by location and housing type, were conducted. Results indicated that both location and dwelling type do appear to be related to quality of retirement. Residents of privately operated apartments were found to be the most active. Respondents from public housing units are less active in most of the leisure categories recorded. The accessibility of retirement housing to recreational opportunities does improve the quality of retirement life. Questions raised by the study which need further analysis include: What crucial dwelling and locational elements enhance real and perceived recreational opportunities? and, Does a change in housing environment influence the level of expectations and, thereby, perceptions of both quality of life and opportunities? (RM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: Windsor Univ. (Ontario).
Note: Paper presented at the Canadian-German Congress (Peterborough, Ontario; August 28-September 11, 1983).