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    Author(s): Kam Hung; John L. Crompton
    Date: 2007
    Source: In: Burns, R.; Robinson, K., comps. Proceedings of the 2006 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium; 2006 April 9-11; Bolton Landing, NY. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-14. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 451-458.
    Publication Series: General Technical Report - Proceedings
    Station: Northern Research Station
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    This study explores perceptions of a sample of Hong Kong's elderly on aging and life satisfaction, and suggests implications for leisure service delivery. Interviews were conducted with 25 elderly in Tsuen Wan District in Hong Kong. The study found that some of the propositions which have been developed in western countries to explain aging appear to be appropriate for explaining perception of "oldness" among the elderly in Hong Kong. Five perspectives appear to be applicable: chronological, biological, behavioral, sociocultural, and personal. The data suggested that aging was perceived to be explained by a combination of them. Depression was found to be a particularly influential factor leading to life dissatisfaction among interview respondents. The causes of depression reported by respondents were limited financial ability; feeling of loneliness; lack of leisure skills; dependency on others for care and financial income; and lack of companionship.

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    Hung, Kam; Crompton, John L. 2007. Exploraton of the aging phenomenon in Hong Kong from a leisure perspective. In: Burns, R.; Robinson, K., comps. Proceedings of the 2006 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium; 2006 April 9-11; Bolton Landing, NY. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-14. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 451-458.

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