Social Leisure Activity, Physical Activity, and Valuation of Life: Findings from a Longevity Study

Craig A. Talmage, David W. Coon, Brittany N. Dugger, Richard C. Knopf, Kathy A. O’Connor, Sharon A. Schofield

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The relationships between social and physical activities in older adulthood deserve further attention. This study explores the relationship of social leisure activity (SLA) and the psychological construct, valuation of life (VOL), to physical activity among the young, middle, and oldest old. Significant differences and relationships were observed. Oldest old showed significant drops in ability and activity, both physical and leisure activity. VOL is connected to SLA and physical activities specific to improving flexibility. The study findings suggest SLA and VOL are important points of leverage for helping older adults forestall decreases in physical activity, especially for the oldest old.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-84
Number of pages24
JournalActivities, Adaptation and Aging
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2020



  • gendered activity
  • older adults
  • oldest old
  • Optimal aging
  • positive aging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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