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UNDERSTANDING ATTITUDES TOWARDS MUSIC LEISURE ACTIVITY AND THE CONSTRAINTS FACED BY THE ELDERLY

Huey-Ling Liao
Dept. Food & Beverage Management, Lee-Ming Institute of Technology

Hung-Yi Tsai*
Dept. Tourism & Leisure Management, Lee-Ming Institute of Technology
*Corresponding Author - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Abstract

An aging society is rapidly attracting people’s attention to geriatric assessment. Due to steady source of income from pension and/or annuity, elderly adults in Taiwan are more willing to allocate their expenditure on leisure. Nonetheless, the impact of traditional Confucian philosophy represents a barrier deterring the senior population from participation of leisure activities. Given that, anecdote evidence often suggests many benefits of music on people of advanced age, the study explores the attitudes of the senior citizens in New Taipei City toward participation of music leisure activity, as well as constraints faced by the elderly. Social interest, intrinsic interest, and escape from boredom were identified as the main attributes of music leisure activity while family constraint and cost constraint were identified as barriers of participation. It was revealed that the sample’s gender, education level, income level, and residence showed demographic significance towards the identified attributes. Age group and marital status played no statistical significance towards the identified attributes.

Keywords: Music Leisure, Social Interest, Intrinsic Interest, Constraint, Boredom Escape

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