Innovation among older adults with chronic health conditions

Galit Nimrod, Susan Hutchinson

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Building on the innovation theory of successful aging (Nimrod & Kleiber, 2007), this paper explores the place and value of innovation in leisure activities among older adults living with chronic health conditions. The study utilized in-depth semi-structured interviews with 17 older adults with chronic health conditions, and examined the patterns, meanings and perceived benefits of innovation. Results indicated that regardless of the trigger for innovation, the health condition was the precursor for innovation in most cases. Innovation in activities tended to protect a sense of internal continuity (self-preservation innovation). This seemed to have a positive impact on participants' well-being. The findings suggest that innovation can play a role in the adaptation to declined health and physical impairments, and adds further development to innovation theory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Leisure Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2010


  • Constraints
  • Innovation
  • Leisure
  • Self-preservation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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