ERIC Number: ED480117
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jan
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Motivations of Elderhostel Participants in Outdoor Adventure Programs: A Life Cycle Perspective.
A study examined the relationship between older adults' motivations to participate in outdoor adventure experiences and their retirement status. Surveys of 782 adults over 55 years old participating in 72 outdoor adventure programs found that although there were several significant differences in motivation based on retirement status, the overall motivations were similar for all participants and included being involved in nature, being physically active, being involved in a learning atmosphere, being with a group of respectful peers with similar interests, becoming competent in the program area, and resting and relaxing. Findings suggest that older adults may be using outdoor adventure activities as a means to prepare emotionally for retirement or to aid in the transition into retirement. Program administrators should be cognizant of these motivations and design outdoor adventure programs for older adults to include a perspective on life, a sense of personal meaning in life, a sense of personal renewal, confidence and belief in self, and belief in the ability to make positive changes. Specific strategies may include: using the peer group as a support system; developing a social environment conducive to sharing thoughts and ideas; using staff who have life experience and knowledge of life transitions; allowing time for conversations and sharing; providing specific activities around life transitions, such as journals and guided discussions; and allowing time for reflection. (Contains 35 references) (TD)
Descriptors: Adventure Education, Aging (Individuals), Coping, Individual Development, Interpersonal Relationship, Life Events, Motivation, Older Adults, Outdoor Activities, Recreational Programs, Retirement
Coalition for Education in the Outdoors, SUNY at Cortland, P.O. Box 2000, Park Center, Cortland, NY 13045 ($18). Tel: 607-753-4971; e-mail: email@example.com.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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