The current research explores the question whether activity on the part of older people can be explained, in part, by a general motivation to be active that cuts across various forms of activity. One premise is that motivation defined as “personal interest or desire” is one of a number of forces that contributes to participation in an activity. A further premise is that a distinction may be made between motivation that is specific to a particular activity and general motivation to be active. A general motive to be active may help to explain specific forms of activity. Further, a general motive to be active may also help to explain the number of forms of activity in which people engage.
Caro, Francis G.; Bruner-Canhoto, Laney; Burr, Jeffery; and Mutchler, Jan, "Motivation for Active Aging: Results of a Pilot Study" (2005). Gerontology Institute Publications. Paper 14.