Retirement and Flow: Can the Casual Leisure Pursuits of Older Adults Create the Experience of Flow?
This study examines the casual leisure activities of older adults and their potential to create flow experiences. Using a qualitative approach, the study found that participants often choose leisure activities based on the perceived enjoyment and potential benefits; maintaining physical and mental health, altruism, or maintaining relationships with friends and family. Analysis revealed that flow-like experiences were facilitated by participants’ purposeful choices and focusing their attention on the immediate task. If participants do not achieve flow, their leisure activities were chosen to contribute positively to their well-being and quality of life.
Standridge, Sarah H.; Dunlap, Rudy; and Hamilton, Gloria, "Retirement and Flow: Can the Casual Leisure Pursuits of Older Adults Create the Experience of Flow?" (2019). ETSU Faculty Works. 622.