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    The number and percent of older people in developed countries continue to grow, thanks to medical advances and decreases in fertility and mortality rates. And that means that tomorrow’s recreation and leisure professionals will be more challenged than ever to meet the needs of an increasingly older culturally diverse population.

    Leisure and Aging: Theory and Practice provides students and professionals with a balanced perspective of current knowledge as it presents cutting-edge research from the fields of both gerontology and leisure studies. Written by authors from various disciplines who represent an international who’s-who in leisure and aging research, this text

    • explores theories in leisure and aging;

    • bridges the gap between research and application, arming professionals with tools to navigate diverse cultures; and

    • offers insight into delivery of leisure services in older adult communities and long-term care environments.

    Each chapter features learning objectives, study questions, case studies, exercises, and relevant readings. The book is supplemented by online ancillaries, including an instructor guide, test package, and a presentation package with photos, illustrations, and tables from the text. Together, the text and online ancillaries help students connect theories and practice as they prepare for future roles in their chosen fields.

    Leisure and Aging is presented in five sections. Part I introduces global perspectives on leisure and aging, while part II examines the relevance of leisure in an aging context. Part III explores the effects of aging on physical, psychological, social, and spiritual well-being and health. Parts IV and V delve into the role of community in aging and leisure and long-term care and leisure.

    Written for undergraduate students, professors, and professionals in recreation, leisure, gerontology, and aging, Leisure and Aging provides a wealth of knowledge on various aspects of life for older people and the role of leisure in their lives. The text helps students think critically about a phase of life that seems remote from their own and provides perspective to their understanding of aging and leisure.


    Text for recreation, leisure, and other undergraduate students. For use by professors and professionals in recreation, leisure, gerontology, and aging.

    Table of Contents


    Part I. Setting the Stage
    Chapter 1. Global Perspectives on Leisure and Aging
    Richard D. MacNeil and David L. Gould
    Demography and Population Aging
    Global Aging: Current and Future Status
    Leisure and Quality of Life in Older Adulthood
    Learning Aids

    Chapter 2. The Influence of Leisure on Discourses of Aging
    Rylee A. Dionigi and Sean Horton
    Negative Aging Discourse
    Positive Aging Discourse
    Leisure as Resistance to Ageism
    Leisure as Reinforcement of Ageism
    Learning Aids

    Part II. Theoretical and Methodological Perspectives on Leisure and Aging
    Chapter 3. The Relevance of Leisure in Theories of Aging
    Douglas A. Kleiber and M. Rebecca Genoe
    Leisure as a Context for Continuity and Change
    Psychological Theories of Aging
    Sociological Theories of Aging
    Learning Aids

    Chapter 4. Studying Leisure in the Context of Aging
    Bryan Smale and Jennifer Gillies
    Epistemological Perspectives Guiding Research
    The Role of Theory
    Two Broadly Defined Approaches to Research
    Quantitative Inquiry
    Qualitative Inquiry
    Roles and Responsibilities of the Researcher
    Doing Research Well
    Learning Aids

    Chapter 5. Leisure Across the Later Life Span
    Galit Nimrod and Megan C. Janke
    Life-Span Development Models
    Changes in Leisure Behavior as People Age
    Changes in Leisure Meanings as People Age
    Leisure and Later-Life Transitions
    Time Misuse in Later Life
    Learning Aids

    Chapter 6. Leisure and Diversity in Later Life: Ethnicity, Gender, and Sexual Orientation
    Steven E. Mock, Susan M. Shaw, Erica M. Hummel, and Carissa Bakker
    Critical Gerontology
    Ethnicity and Race
    Sexual Orientation
    Learning Aids

    Part III. Leisure and Healthy Aging
    Chapter 7. Leisure and Physical Well-Being
    Bevan C. Grant and Mary Ann Kluge
    Health Maintenance as a Benefit of Physical Leisure
    Constraints to Engaging in Physical Leisure
    Implications for Programming
    Integrating Leisure and Physical Activity
    Accessing the Meaning of Active Aging
    An Active Future
    Learning Aids

    Chapter 8. Leisure and the Psychological Well-Being and Health of Older Adults
    Roger C. Mannell and Ryan Snelgrove
    Leisure and Psychosocial Well-Being
    Leisure and the Cognitive Health of Older Adults
    Learning Aids

    Chapter 9. Leisure and Social and Spiritual Well-Being
    Paul Heintzman and Erin Patriquin
    Defining Key Concepts
    Aging, Leisure, and Social Well-Being
    Aging, Leisure, and Spiritual Well-Being
    Leisure-Spiritual Coping Model
    Learning Aids

    Part IV. Community, Aging, and Leisure
    Chapter 10. The Role of Community in Encouraging Healthy Aging Among Older Adults
    Richard Gitelson and Julie Freelove-Charton
    Impact of Choice and Environment on Health
    Active Adult Communities
    Resources in Communities Without Age Restrictions
    Learning Aids

    Chapter 11. Tourism and Aging
    Ian Patterson and Shane Pegg
    Sociodemographics of Travel
    Meanings of Tourism
    Motivations to Travel
    Constraints to Travel
    Modes of Travel
    Temporary Communities
    Older Mobile Travelers
    Research on Snowbirds
    Adventure Tourism
    Educational Tourism
    Learning Aids

    Part V. Leisure in Long-Term Care
    Chapter 12. Leisure in Long-Term Care Settings
    Sherry L. Dupuis, Colleen Whyte, and Jennifer Carson
    Predominant Culture Within Long-Term Care Settings
    Alternative Approaches to Care in Long-Term Care Settings
    Quality of Life Through Leisure in Long-Term Care Settings
    Reflection and Practice
    Learning Aids

    Chapter 13. Bridging Community and Long-Term Care Settings
    Elaine Wiersma and Stephanie Chesser
    Definition of Concepts
    Transition From Community Settings to Long-Term Care Settings
    Concepts of Community in Long-Term Care Settings
    Creating Community in Practice
    Learning Aids

    About the Editors
    About the Contributors

    About the Editor

    Heather J. Gibson, PhD, is an associate professor in the department of tourism, recreation, and sport management at the University of Florida and an associate director of the Center for Tourism Research and Development. She graduated from Brighton Polytechnic in the UK with a bachelor’s degree in physical education with a specialization in sport sociology. This focus on the sociology of sport and leisure led her to the University of Connecticut, where she earned her master’s and PhD and was introduced to tourism as a field of study. Currently, Dr. Gibson teaches classes in leisure theory, tourism, and research methods. She also leads study abroad programs to Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji. She was selected as the Distinguished International Educator for her college in 2004 and 2010. Her research interests include leisure and tourism in later life, female travelers, sport tourism with a particular focus on sport-related travel in later life and small-scale events, and perceived risk in travel. Dr. Gibson has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles in scholarly journals, and she edited the top-selling book Sport Tourism: Concepts and Theories. She is an associate editor for Leisure Sciences; North American regional editor for Leisure Studies; and an editorial board member for the Journal of Sport Management, Journal of Sport and Tourism, and World Leisure Journal. She is ad hoc reviewer for countless journals, including the Journal of Leisure Research, Annals of Tourism Research, and Tourism Management.

    Jerome F. Singleton, PhD, CTRS is a professor in the recreation and leisure studies department in the School of Health and Human Performance at Dalhousie University. He is also cross-appointed to the Schools of Nursing, Sociology and Anthropology, and Business Administration at Dalhousie. Dr. Singleton’s research is focused on leisure and aging. He earned his bachelor’s degree with honors in recreation from the University of Waterloo and then completed his master’s of science degree in recreation at Pennsylvania State University and his PhD in leisure studies at the University of Maryland. He also completed the academic requirements for a doctorate certificate in gerontology at the University of Maryland. Currently Dr. Singleton teaches courses in the area of therapeutic recreation and aging, therapeutic recreation techniques, and introduction to recreation and leisure and aging at Dalhousie University. He was made a fellow of the World Demographic Association in 2006 and was named Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association Professional of the Year in 2007. He was recognized by the Recreation and Leisure Studies program at the University of Waterloo as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2008 and is also the founding member of the Leisure and Aging Research Group, which was established in 2008. Dr. Singleton received the Dr. Gonzaga da Gama Memorial Award from the Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association in 2011 and was made a fellow of the Academy of Leisure Science by the Society of Parks and Recreation educators in 2011. Dr. Singleton is currently a research associate with the Dalhousie European Center of Excellence. Dr. Singleton has advised 25 graduate students who have investigated questions related to leisure and aging and has published over 80 journal articles during his career and made presentations locally, nationally, and internationally. He has served on the editorial boards for the Therapeutic Recreation Journal; American Therapeutic Recreation Annual; Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation; and the Journal of Recreation and Society in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He has also reviewed articles for Loisir, Leisure Sciences, and Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation.


    Ancillaries for course instructors
    All ancillary materials for this text are FREE to course adopters and available online at

    Instructor guide. Contains a sample syllabus, teaching ideas, student learning objectives, suggested learning activities, and additional resources.
    Test package. Includes multiple-choice, true-and-false, fill-in-the-blank, and short-answer and essay questions.
    Presentation package. Includes a comprehensive series of PowerPoint slides for each chapter.