Discovering fun: lessons from seniors in community associations

Cynthia M. Webster, Kanika Meshram

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Self-Determination Theory is used to explore the ways in which relatedness, autonomy and competence are important factors in seniors' pleasurable activities within formal and informal community associations. Focus groups, unstructured interviews and observation were used to collect data from individuals within three senior citizens' groups. Results indicated relatedness, autonomy and competence all considerably enhanced seniors' enjoyment. Relatedness was demonstrated through physical contact, social activities and meaningful conversations about shared life experiences. As so much loss is experienced with aging, seniors gained comfort by establishing their autonomy through highly organised routines and solid boundaries. Unexpectedly, competency in one's own performance and abilities, as well as in the accomplishments of others, was essential to achieving the most enjoyment from pleasurable activities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Non-profit and Social Marketing Conference 2007
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherGriffith University
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventInternational Non-profit and Social Marketing Conference (4th : 2007) - Brisbane
Duration: 27 Sep 200728 Sep 2007


ConferenceInternational Non-profit and Social Marketing Conference (4th : 2007)


  • well-being
  • seniors
  • community associations
  • self-determination theory


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