Leisure participation of hong kong elderly: Policy and practice

Atara SIVAN*

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The paper examines the leisure participation of Hong Kong elderly. Based on data gathered through a recent study and secondary data from territory-wide surveys, the paper depicts the type, frequency rate and companionship in leisure activities. It further reviews the Hong Kong government's policy for the elderly. Results indicate that while the government encourages the elderly to maintain their active lifestyle, they participate in different types of leisure activity and especially in physical and sports activities. Their participation rate is similar to those at their adulthood years and even higher in certain activities. Results are discussed in light of three theories of experience in later life suggesting the application of the activity and continuity theories. Implications are drawn for future longitudinal research on leisure of adults and elderly and for further implementation of leisure education so as to enhance the quality of life of older people in Hong Kong.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-18
Number of pages8
JournalWorld Leisure Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2002

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

User-Defined Keywords

  • Activity
  • Continuity Leisure Education
  • Disengagement
  • Elderly
  • Hong Kong
  • Leisure Participation
  • Policy


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