This study examines how older women's meanings of successful aging differ depending on their attitudes towards old age and current leisure practices. Twenty-one women aged 75'92 completed in-depth interviews and were divided into three groups (inactive, moderately active, or highly active).Comparisons were made across groups to determine how meanings of 'old' and 'successful aging' differed. Findings were interpreted using biographical, biomedical, and psychosocial approaches to successful aging, and theories of leisure as a site for women's resistance and empowerment. This study contributes to knowledge about the role of physical activity in shaping the meanings of aging among older women.
Dionigi, R., Horton, S., & Bellamy, J. (2011). Meanings of aging among older Canadian women of varying physical activity levels. Leisure Sciences, 33(5), 402-419. https://doi.org/10.1080/01490400.2011.606779