Title

Physical activity in older adulthood

Date of Award

2008

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Lafreniere, Kathryn (Psychology)

Keywords

Gerontology.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

The present study investigated the function of physical activity in the lives of physically active older adults. The impact of aging stereotypes on physical activity was explored. Using a grounded theory analysis of interview data, positive outlook emerged as an integral link to leading a physically active lifestyle in older adulthood. Positive outlook was comprised of five major components: being open to possibilities, exercising control of aspects of one's life, feeling youthful, satisfaction and feeling fortunate, and having a purpose in life. This constellation of components interacts with one another and good health to influence the importance of physical activity in one's life and, in turn, one's resistance to aging stereotypes. The perspective of participants is reflected in a theoretical model that accounts for their behaviour.