Sport, Leisure and Recreation Preferences among Older Persons in Lusaka Urban District: Implications for Adult Education Programmes
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Population ageing is a global phenomenon which comes with prospects and challenges for countries, communities, families and individuals. This study sought to explore sport, leisure and recreation preferences among older persons (60 years and above) in Lusaka district. The study was guided by activity and continuity theories of ageing. A descriptive research design which was predominantly qualitative was adopted. The sample consisted of 15 purposively selected aged persons in Lusaka urban district. Data was collected using an interview guide. The data was analysed thematically and results presented in descriptions and narrations. Verbatims which were considered relevant to the findings were also included for illustration. The study revealed that older persons in Lusaka district took part in walking, jogging, playing traditional games such as nsolo, gardening, reading the bible, newspapers and books and watching football. It also indicated that some older persons did not participate in sport, leisure and recreation due to a number of reasons which included distance to facilities and amenities, lack of resources, absence of facilities, ill-health and a generally negative attitude towards physical and related activities on account of age. The study also revealed that older persons had preferred sport, leisure and recreation activities in mind but which were not readily available to them. They included swimming, badminton, table tennis, golf, bowling, game viewing and age-friendly gymnastic activities. Implications for adult education programmes are that policy makers, adult education professionals and other stakeholders should strive to improve the quality of older people’s lives by promoting wellness through appropriate and age-friendly sport, leisure and recreation activities. The study recommended that relevant sport, leisure and recreation facilities and amenities should be provided to older persons in contexts where they could easily access them. It also recommended that sensitisation and awareness campaigns, through adult education programmes, should be undertaken on the importance and benefits of sport, leisure and recreation activities for older persons.
CitationChangala, M & Ndhlovu, E. (2020). Sport, Leisure and Recreation Preferences among Older Persons in Lusaka Urban District: Implications for Adult Education Programmes. Journal of African Interdisciplinary Studies, 4(1), 4 – 18.
Centre for Democracy, Research and Development (CEDRED), Nairobi, Kenya
SubjectSport, leisure, recreation, preferences, older persons, implications, adult education programmes
Article on sport ageing and older persons.