Year VI., number 4.
Structural Analysis of senior citizens’ leisure time
From among the many societal questions of Hungary, we have conducted primary research on the composition of the free time of retired persons. As indicated previously by relevant studies and analyses, life expectancy and expected quality of life are greatly influenced by the manner in which free time is passed both physically and mentally. Due to the fact that with reaching the retired age, the extent of free time and making use of the hours spent awake significantly changes, we are looking for answers to the question how conscious physical and mental recreation is in this phase of life, how is it composed, and how do different social circumstances – such as circumstances of the life of the retired – relate to each other. Does a family trauma have an effect on changing the way of life in old age? We have chiselled our questionnaire-based research with an in-depth expert interview and have distributed it within the age group examined. We then summarised the preliminary results, which evidenced and in some cases even surpassed our preliminary findings in terms of the activity of our respondents. As a result of this, our respondents have pained a very colourful picture about their recreational activities, both in mental and in physical terms.