Examining activity levels among older adults: A pilot study
AuthorMyers, Heather Ann
Human Development and Family Studies
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Research has indicated that older adults who engage in activities are more likely to maintain independence, are in better health, have a greater sense of wellbeing, and are less likely to be depressed. There are numerous studies regarding successful activity programs for seniors, however there is little research on why seniors engage in activities. The purpose of this study was to gain an understanding what motivates seniors to stay engaged in activities, as well as to understand the role well-being plays with regards to being active. One hundred and seventeen older adults were surveyed with a one-time questionnaire. Results indicated that increased intrinsic motivation was significantly related to increased frequency of activity, and greater well-being was significantly correlated with increased activity level.