Using a quasi-experimental pretest-post-test design without a control group we examined effects of leisure education, Project BHEL: Be Healthy and Enjoy Leisure, consisting of seven 1-hour sessions using instructional videos, discussions, and workbook activities to help older adults set goals, design a plan to increase their leisure satisfaction, and problem-solve ways to overcome barriers to goal achievement. The intervention was conducted across four locations with 89 adults (M = 74 years-old, range 58–94). Participants’ satisfaction with leisure was significantly higher post-compared to pre-intervention. There was a significant increase on knowledge of leisure assessment and, though scores remained low post-intervention, overall scores almost doubled from pre-intervention. Reported frequency of leisure participation significantly increased between pretest and follow-up. Participants consistently rated their goal achievement and their program satisfaction highly. Overall, findings indicate that Project BHEL increased engagement in, and satisfaction with aspects of leisure.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
- Sociology and Political Science
- Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management