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Gerontologist. 2002 Apr;42(2):217-23.

Continuing and ceasing leisure activities in later life: a longitudinal study.

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  • 1Centre on Aging and Department of Sociology, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. laurel_strain@umanitoba.ca

Abstract

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.

PMID:
11914465
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