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ERIC Number: EJ828677
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0016-9013
Continuing and Ceasing Leisure Activities in Later Life: A Longitudinal Study
Strain, Laurel A.; Grabusic, Carmen C.; Searle, Mark S.; Dunn, Nicole J.
Gerontologist, v42 n2 p217-223 Apr 2002
Purpose: This study examined changes in leisure activities of older adults over an 8-year period, and associated sociodemographic and health characteristics. Design and Methods: Data were from a longitudinal study conducted in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; 380 respondents were interviewed in-person in both 1985 and 1993. Changes in ten specific activities and the overall number of activities continued were examined. Results: Theater/movies/spectator sports and travel were the activities least likely to be continued over the 8-year period; watching television and reading were most likely to be continued. Characteristics significantly related to changes in activities were age, gender, education, and self-rated health in 1985 as well as changes in marital status, self-rated health, and functional ability between 1985 and 1993, although no consistent pattern emerged. Implications: Leisure education is discussed as a means of introducing modifications to enhance older adults' participation in desired activities. Directions for future research are highlighted.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada (Winnipeg)