Rethinking Leisure Education in Later Life: a Mexican Experience

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During the last decades, it has been practiced the idea of leisure education among different groups of society. In Mexico, there are well developed leisure programs for children, youth, families, people at risk, to mention just a few. However, senior citizens haven’t got attention, neither by public, private or social organizations.

This lack of interest to provide leisure education to elderly people has left them without opportunities to participate in leisure activities, considered as a group of our population who really has a lot of time to engage in leisure. Community centers, senior residences, religious groups, among others, have offered some leisure provision for this group, but we can hardly find an institutionalized way to provide leisure services with a continuous effort.

This paper presents a model that has been used as a Training Program for Pre-Retired people. But this model has been adapted to be used with other groups of senior citizens, not only for retired ones. There has been a transition, from a time where money constraint was perceived as an issue during later life, to a relevant moment in history where leisure education and leisure provision is more important than health or the financial situation for senior citizens.

Additional to the model proposed, the presentation will include a successful experience provided by ISSSTE (the Security and Social Services Institute for the State Employees). They run a special program where elderly can participate in leisure activities, but focusing not only in the activities done, but on the concept of delivering leisure education as a whole.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication13th WLO Congress
Publication statusPublished - 8 Sep 2014


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