EXPLORING TYPE OF LEISURE ACTIVITIES AMONG THE ELDERLY IN COMMUNITY: AN IDEOGRAPHIC STUDY OF MALAYSIA CONTEXT
Received 2023-07-08; Accepted 2023-09-09; Published 2023-09-15
Leisure activities provide elderly individuals with opportunities to pursue their interests and engage in enjoyable
and fulfilling activities that align with their values and preferences. This qualitative study aimed to explore the
participation and engagement of elderly Malaysians in leisure activities and identify the elements of their daily
routines. In-depth interviews were conducted with 10 Malay elderly individuals residing in Kelantan and Terengganu, and interpretative phenomenological analysis was used for data analysis. The study revealed three main themes of leisure activities: active leisure, community-based leisure, and relaxed leisure, influenced by cultural, socioeconomic, and environmental factors. Collaboration among policymakers, healthcare providers, and community organizations is necessary to promote leisure activities for the elderly in Malaysia. By working together, these stakeholders can ensure access to a wide range of leisure activities that enhance health, well-being, and social connections, ultimately improving the quality of life for this significant demographic group.
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