Date

6-2011

Degree Name

BS in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration

Department

Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration Department

Advisor(s)

William Hendricks

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to identify the motivations and barriers of Cal Poly Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration (RPTA) students when participating in intergenerational recreation activities. With the population of senior citizens in America growing, this study assessed young Americans' ideas and beliefs about interacting with seniors through recreation. A self-administered questionnaire was distributed to approximately 80 RPTA students. The findings indicated that the subjects are interested in participating with seniors through recreational activities but are limited by time, resources, and the location of such activities. Additionally, it was discovered that if subjects were to partake in such activities they would want to play games, do arts/crafts, and converse with members of the senior community. It is recommended that a program be implemented between schools and senior centers that provides intergenerational recreational opportunities through an elective course that’s offered at Cal Poly. These activities will potentially enhance social, mental, emotional, and physical behavior of multi-generations.

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