Older Men's Perceptions of Leisure and Aging

Toni Liechty, M. Rebecca Genoe

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As the North American population ages, detailed research will be needed to understand the leisure experiences of older adults. The purpose of this study is to explore perceptions of leisure and aging among a sample of older Canadian men. Data were collected among 15 men aged 60-70 using individual interviews and follow-up focus groups. Data were analyzed thematically and four themes emerged: the interplay between leisure and work, the desire to "give back" to family or to the community through leisure, the individual purpose of leisure choices, and viewing constraints as a reflection of priorities rather than as barriers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)438-454
Number of pages17
JournalLeisure Sciences
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • aging
  • leisure and work
  • leisure constraints
  • older men
  • purposive leisure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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