Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Women's Studies

First Advisor

Layli Phillips - Chair

Second Advisor

Elizabeth Beck

Third Advisor

Heying Zhan


Interviews of senior females ranging in age from 55 through 72 were conducted between September 2004 and April 2005, in order to determine what lifestyle options this group would like made available to them. The participants represented a sample of senior females who had different backgrounds, including culture, education level, and economic circumstance. Although all the participants had very different lifestyles at the time of their interviews, most were satisfied with their current lifestyles but wanted to change something about it. The research results indicate that there are three desired lifestyle options that senior females want: socializing, improving their health, and traveling, with the ability to travel being the most highly desired lifestyle option.