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The leisure experience

  1. 1. The Leisure Experience - Related Issues - TRMT 392 – Special Topics: Seniors Dave Robinson Tiffany Moore June 7, 2010
  2. 2. Abstract • Much research has concluded that leisure activities are essential for maintaining good health in all phases of life. • Seniors leisure is becoming an industry in an of itself. • Not all programmes dedicated to seniors are successful. • What aspects contribute to positive leisure experiences? • Why is it important??
  3. 3. Benefits of Leisure Remembering the benefits of leisure is a good step toward providing good leisure experiences. Benefits include: • Physical • Mental • Emotional Keeping the body healthy, the mind sharp, and the spirit young
  4. 4. Key Points of Issue In providing leisure services, some considerations should be made in order to provide positive experiences: ULYS EAN LIVING S – Motivations – Needs GROWTH SOCIAL ADVENTURE FUN – Barriers EXCITEMENT OPTIMISTIC POSITIVE ENJOYABLE LIVING LIFE TO THE MAX! *Keep the focus on the PARTICIPANT! *
  5. 5. Motivations Motivations: Why people do what they do – Enjoyment – Social interaction – Develop a skill – Provide service to others – Reminder of younger days Activities should be based on participants’ motivators and personal enjoyment.
  6. 6. Needs • Needs are similar to motivators, but have a deeper meaning to the individual. • Examples of needs are: – Need to feel accepted / included (The motivator here is social interaction) – Need to contribute / be of use (The motivator here is service to others) • Leisure professionals should be aware that support of a motivator does not always meet the need of a participant.
  7. 7. Barriers to Inclusion • Potential barriers can include factors such as: – Income – Transportation – Physical / mental ability to participate – Perceptions of activity – Atmosphere / environmental conditions – Generational views of work / play – Family support • "Leisure professionals should work with participants to identify and overcome barriers to successful aging and thereby enhance Ulyssean Living" (McGuire, Boyd, Tedrick, 2009).
  8. 8. Personal Meaning - The concept of leisure is deeply specific to each individual. What is relaxing and enjoyable for one person can be stressful and rejected by another. - It is essential that individuals are supported and encouraged to find leisure activities that are meaningful to them. - Attaching meaning to an activity may contribute to an individual finding a new purpose in life.
  9. 9. Summary Good leisure experiences contribute to the physical, mental and emotional well-being of anybody, regardless of their age. As people age, their motivations and needs change and new challenges emerge and can become barriers to participating in leisure activities. These issues need to be considered when planning leisure programs for seniors and encouraging people to participate.
  10. 10. Just for Fun Bob and Milly were lying in bed one night. Bob was falling asleep but Milly was in a romantic mood and wanted to talk. She said, "You used to hold my hand when we were courting.“ Wearily Bob reached across, held her hand for a second, and rolled over to try to fall asleep. A few moments later she said, "Then you used to kiss me." Mildly irritated, he leaned across, gave her a peck on the cheek and settled back down to sleep. Thirty seconds later she said, "Then you used to bite my neck. Angrily, he threw back the bed clothes and got out of bed. "Where are you going?" she asked. "To the bathroom to get my teeth," he replied.
  11. 11. References Academy of Leisure Sciences: White Paper #7: The Benefits of Leisure. (n.d.). Academy of Leisure Sciences home page. Retrieved June 4, 2010, from http://www.academyofleisuresciences.org/alswp7.html Mcguire, F. A. (2004). Leisure and Aging Ulyssean Living in Later Life (3 ed.). Champaign, IL: Sagamore. Programming For Older Adults: An Innovative Technique - Research and Read Books, Journals, Articles at Questia Online Library. (n.d.). Questia Online Library. Retrieved June 4, 2010, from http://www.questia.com/googleScholar.qst;jsessionid=MN1TLTqnFtpTkPBK16csBvQWF5Gs0n xMBTx7Lxd6y2yLPT2cGJ30!1446720761!-1754635462?docId=5002195928 World Leisure Organization: Later Life. (n.d.). World Leisure Organization. Retrieved June 4, 2010, from http://www.worldleisure.org/about/interest_groups/later_life.php

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