Master of Public Administration (MPA)
Dr. Charles Moseley
First Committee Member
Dr. William Thompson
Second Committee Member
Dr. Karen Layne
Third Committee Member
Dr. Cynthia Carruthers
Number of Pages
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.
Demographics; Las Vegas; Nevada; Older people; Participation; Recreation; Relationships; Senior Centers; Senior citizens
Civic and Community Engagement | Family, Life Course, and Society | Social and Behavioral Sciences
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Jefferson, Betty J., "Factors affecting participation in senior center programs" (1999). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 310.
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