Continuing and ceasing leisure activities in later life: A longitudinal study

Laurel A. Strain, Carmen C. Grabusic, Mark Searle, Nicole J. Dunn

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)217-223
Number of pages7
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2002


  • Aging
  • Longitudinal study
  • Recreation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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