Recreation as a Motive for Moving Among Older Adults in Canada*


  • Mark S Searle
  • Michael J Mahon


The population of Canada continues to grow older at an unprecedented rate (Messinger & Powell, 1987). Indeed, during the decade of the seventies, Canada experienced an increase of 35.3% in the proportion of individuals over age 65 (McDaniel,1986). Health and Welfare Canada (1983) has predicted that the percentage of Canadians over age 65 will rise from the current figure of 9.7% (based on the last census in 1981) to between 14% and 17% in 2030. In short, individuals are living longer, and the majority (91%) are continuing to reside in the community (Novak, 1988).

Searle is Associate Professor and Head, Mahon is Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba, Recreation Studies Degree Programme, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T2N2. * This paper is a revision of one originally presented at The National Recreation and Park Congress Annual Leisure Research Symposium, San Antonio, Texas, 1989. The authors would like to thank the Centre on Aging at the University ofManitoba for providing the data, Ms. Susan Marshall for her assistance in data analysis and the anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments.





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