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Aging Well: Time Use Patterns of Older Canadians

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Activity categories

Paid work
Unpaid work
Self care

Paid work

  • All time spent at a paid job
  • associated travel

Unpaid work

Domestic work

  • meal preparation
  • baking
  • preserving food
  • associated cleanup
  • indoor and outdoor cleaning
  • laundry, ironing, folding and mending
  • shopping
  • household management
  • gardening
  • plant and pet care
  • other odd jobs
  • associated travel

Care work

  • childcare (personal care, medical care, teaching, assisting, reading and conversation with, playing with, travel for children and unpaid babysitting)
  • adult care (personal care, medical care and associated travel for adults within the household housework, cooking, house maintenance/repair, transportation, correspondence and care for disabled or ill adults living outside the household)

Volunteer work

  • participation in professional or union organizations
  • political or civic activities
  • involvement in child, youth or family organizations
  • involvement in religious organizations, fraternal or social organizations
  • support groups
  • coaching
  • associated travel


Passive leisure

  • watching television or videos
  • listening to the radio or stereo

Cognitively leisure

  • reading books, newspapers or magazines
  • general computer use
  • writing letters
  • hobbies
  • cards and board games
  • attending educational programs

Physically leisure

  • exercise
  • walking
  • sports
  • associated travel

Socially leisure

  • socializing in person or on the telephone
  • associated travel

Self care

  • eating, sleeping, washing, dressing, personal and medical care, prayer, meditation, thinking, travel for personal or religious activities

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