Title

Time Spent on Beneficial Leisure Activities Among Elder Caregivers in Their Third Age

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-31-2017

Publication Title

Leisure Sciences

Volume

40

Issue

5

First page number:

356

Last page number:

373

Abstract

The Third Age is an emerging postretirement life stage characterized by better health and greater independence than previous cohorts have experienced, and recognized as an ideal time for personal growth and leisure. Yet the same demographic force that is partially responsible for this new life stage—population aging—is also driving an increased need for long-term services and supports, and Third Agers often find themselves fulfilling these caregiving roles. Thus, data from the 2013 American Time Use survey were analyzed to assess elder-caregiving-related barriers to leisure among Third Agers. While, caregivers were found to report more total leisure time and social activities, they reported less time on physical activities than noncaregivers. Results were found to differ by weekday or weekend status. Future research needs to consider specific types of leisure time use, as well as timing of leisure activities, to promote quality of life among caregivers in their Third Age.

Keywords

Aging; Life course; Leisure in later life; Physical activity

Disciplines

Family, Life Course, and Society

Language

English

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