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Transitions in Aging

Retirement Planning II

Leisure Activities

  • The things we like to do!

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NEXT: Leisure Activities (cont.)

Notes and References

Next we should discuss the activities that bring us more joy: our leisure activities.

Every one of us, no matter our age, gender, or nationality, can think of one activity that we like to do. Leisure occurs during our free time, it can be many different activities, or it can just be time spent relaxing.1 If we like to do it, it is leisure. Leisure activities might include exercising, swimming, card games, dancing or cooking. Leisure participation can help us develop friendships and expand our social networks, which can counteract loneliness; it can encourage us to have fun and enjoy our free time, and it can help us live a healthy lifestyle.2, 3, 4 It can also help prevent illnesses related to aging.3

Going through a list of leisure activities and ideas may inspire you to try a new activity or do an activity regularly. Visit the 'Resources tab' to take a survey to help you explore some interests to try in your free time.

Please review another training module, Community Participation, if you are interested in learning more about how participating in the community can help us age successfully and what strategies we can use to negotiate some barriers related to community participation.


  1. Payne, L., Ainsworth, B., & Gobey, G. (Eds.). (2010). Leisure, health, and wellness: Making the connections. State College, PA: Venture Publishing, Inc.
  2. Fesko, S. L., Hall, A. C., Quinlan, J., & Jockell, C. (2012). Active aging for individuals with intellectual disability: Meaningful community participation through employment, retirement, service, and volunteerism. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 117(6), 497-508.
  3. LaPlante, M. P. (2014). Key goals and indicators for successful aging of adults with early-onset disability. Disability and Health Journal, 7(1), S44-S50.
  4. Adams, G. A., & Rau, B. L. (2011). Putting off tomorrow to do what you want today: Planning for retirement. American Psychologist, 66(3), 180.