Leisure and creativity : Social participatory perspective

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S126
Journal / PublicationJournal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
Issue numberSupplement 1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013


Introduction : With the advance of industrialization, non-work time has increased overtime. One of the social concerns that have arisen was that leisure may be unsatisfactory or of sub-standard quality. Method : Operating from a non-obligatory and non-credit-bearing model to ensure that the voluntary operational value is synonymous to the leisure theoretical construct, City-Youth Empowerment Project encourages youth to engage their leisure in meaningful social participation. Since leisure activity has also been found to be an influential determinant of successful aging, the elderly home visit service is a social participation that crisscrosses the youth and the elderly, past and present, history and future. Results : The creative design of this home visit service allows youth to learn through the conventional “serving” role (providing assistance in daily living), it also provides a platform for the elderly to be the role of the “well of wisdom” to pass on life experiences, personal narratives, and hopes for younger generations instead of the passive role only to be served and helped. Conclusion : Overtime, the elderly have creatively found ways to express their gratitude and to participate more proactively. The social interaction borne out of this service promotes feelings of self-esteem while mediating loneliness and isolation for the elderly, and the participatory role provides a continuity of social role so they can experience competence and recognition (Zimmer & Lin, 1996). In addition, creative arts elements are also utilized with volunteers to specifically process their views on the aging process, relationship with elderly family members, and issues on death and dying.

Research Area(s)

  • volunteer, youth, elderly, social participation, creativity, leisure

Citation Format(s)

Leisure and creativity: Social participatory perspective. / AU LIU, Elaine Suk Ching; CHING, Constance.
In: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging, Vol. 17, No. Supplement 1, 06.2013, p. S126.

Research output: Journal Publications and ReviewsRGC 21 - Publication in refereed journalpeer-review