Leisure and Older People: A Concept Analysis, and Implications for Nursing

By Rose S.M. Heung and Alice J.T. Yuen Loke.

Published by The International Journal of Aging and Society

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There is considerable healthcare literature exploring leisure participation by older people, yet the conceptualization of the term ‘leisure’ remains unclear. The purpose of this paper is to analyze the concept of leisure based on Walker and Avant’s concept analysis criteria, identifying the attributes, antecedents, consequences and empirical references of leisure based upon the findings of the literature review. A clear understanding of the concept of leisure for older people will provide nurses and other healthcare professionals with the necessary knowledge to develop an efficient health promotion plan for leisure activities targeting the aging population.

Keywords: Leisure Activity, Older People, Concept Analysis

Aging and Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp.55-68. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 582.069KB).

Rose S.M. Heung

Clinical Associate, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, School of Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China

Rose S.M. Heung is Clinical Associate, Aging and Health Division in the School of Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She has more than 7 years of experience as a nurse educator. She is a member of the Global research network on Health and Aging. Her research interests include health promotion, concept analysis, systematic review, and Gerontological nursing.

Prof. Alice J.T. Yuen Loke

Professor, School of Nursing, School of Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China

Alice JT Yuen Loke is Professor & Division Head, Family and Community Health Nursing in the School of Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She received her baccalaureate and master’s degrees in Nursing and Community/Public Health Nursing and Nursing Education from the United States, and her PhD from the Department of Community Health Medicine (now School of Public Health) at the University of Hong Kong. She has been teaching at the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels in nursing and health at universities in the United States and in Hong Kong since 1985. She has published widely in women’s health, family and community health.