Leisure and Ageing

  • Yvonne Harahousou


In the field of ageing, three basic areas of enquiry have been pursued by gerontologists over the past half-century: ‘the aged’ as members of increasingly aged populations in human societies; basic ‘processes and mechanisms of ageing’ in cells, organisms and individuals within ageing populations, and ‘age as a dimension’ of social organization and public policy in industrialized societies (Bengtson et al., 1999). In social gerontology, especially, there has been an increase in theoretical and empirical analyses concerning the consequences of population ageing, the changing status of ageing individuals in society, the social processes of ageing in complex and changing societies, and the interdependency of age groups in the generational compact (Johnson, 1996). From a comparative perspective studies on ageing seek to understand processes of ageing and the status of the elderly in different cultural and historical contexts.


Physical Activity Life Satisfaction Leisure Activity Older Adult Social Gerontology 
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