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The Study of Elderly Women's Leisure-time Physical Activities in Life Course Transition
Purpose: The aim of this study was to understand the leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) patterns in life courses. Methods: The in-depth interviews were conducted to collect information. The participants are 4 elder women aged 61-69 in Taipei. The life course theory was applied to probe the LTPA patterns in women's life course. Results: It was found that LTPA was affected by the social context, economic condition and domestic work and paid work in early life. It was not until the sickness and retirement that women began to involve in LPTA in later life. The family leisure was the main leisure pattern in early life and the lower intensity activities were chosen as main LTPA in later life, such as walking and dancing, which were motivated by health concern. Moreover, the economic condition and health were more influential in LTPA participation. Conclusions: It is concluded into 4 themes. 1) The patterns of LTPA that participants chosen were affected by family, living environment, and educational resources; 2) The participants lacking of the LTPA experience before middle life, and were limited by domestic work and financial condition; 3) The financial and health condition influence the elder women in choosing leisure spaces; 4) The motivation of participated in LTPA comes from health maintain.
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