Award Date

5-1999

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Department

Public Administration

Advisor 1

Dr. Charles Moseley

First Committee Member

Dr. William Thompson

Second Committee Member

Dr. Karen Layne

Third Committee Member

Dr. Cynthia Carruthers

Number of Pages

54

Abstract

This study investigated whether the factors of relationships, recreation, relatedness, and reward would affect participation in senior centers. Demographic variables of age, sex, and socio-economic status and enabling variables of health, transportation, and income were also investigated. Data were collected from a sample of 57 older adults (aged 55 and over) from three Las Vegas Senior Centers using an instrument developed by the investigator. Findings revealed that relationships, recreation, and relatedness contributed to reasons for participation. Rewards did not seem to affect participation. In terms of demographics, more participants tended to be older, female, and educated. Enabling variables revealed participants to be of good health, mobile, and with incomes in the upper ranges.

Keywords

Demographics; Las Vegas; Nevada; Older people; Participation; Recreation; Relationships; Senior Centers; Senior citizens

Disciplines

Civic and Community Engagement | Family, Life Course, and Society | Social and Behavioral Sciences

Language

English


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