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E-Leisure and Older Adults: Findings from an International Exploratory Study

Genoe, Rebecca; Kulczycki, Cory; Marston, Hannah; Freeman, Shannon; Musselwhite, Charles and Rutherford, Haley (2018). E-Leisure and Older Adults: Findings from an International Exploratory Study. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, LII(1) pp. 1–18.

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Although benefits of leisure and benefits of technology use overlap, how older adults use and perceive of technology use during their leisure time is not well understood.The purpose of this study was to explore e-leisure among older adults. This international exploratory study included 37 rural and urban-dwelling participants from Canada and the United Kingdom. Focus groups were facilitated to better understand participants’ perceptions of technology in later life. Data were analyzed using open and focused coding. Participants reported accessing leisure through technology, such as keeping in touch, engaging in games and hobbies, and supplementing offline leisure. Participants reported several drawbacks, including difficulty getting assistance from other people, challenges using and updating software, concerns related to privacy and security, and lack of confidence and interest. While technology appears to facilitate engagement in leisure for older adults, educational opportunities may be required to overcome the drawbacks of technology use. Implications for therapeutic recreation are considered.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 Sagamore Publishing LLC
Keywords: Digital divide; e-leisure; gerontechnology; older adults; therapeutic recreation Ageing Aging Gerontology Social Activities Technology Rural Ageing Rural Aging Urban Ageing Urban Aging Exploratory
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Health and Wellbeing PRA (Priority Research Area)
Item ID: 54246
Depositing User: Hannah Marston
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2018 09:45
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 14:40
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