Adjustment Quotient of the Elderly: A Comparative Study of Elderly Residing in Homes, Visiting Day Care Centers and Residing in Old Age Homes

By Bishnupriya Dasgupta and Shilpy Malhotra.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Patterns of old age adjustments in three different life settings of elderly (staying with family, visiting day care centers and staying in old age homes) were studied regarding the health, home, social, emotional and financial issues by using a standardized old age adjustment inventory, which was developed by Shamshad-Jasbir. Satisfaction of the elderly was measured by life satisfaction index that was developed by Wood at el. The majority accepted ‘Ill health’ as a part and parcel of life, and most were lonely and insecure. Getting medicines, meals and daily requirements on time were major concerns. At home, they were thought of as a burden, and felt they were cared for because of their money; they did not get to watch TV, listen to the radio or celebrate occasions with others. Their suggestions were not taken positively nor were problems shared. Socially, their interest in persons and events declined with age, and most were not inclined to do social work. Emotionally, the majority felt like weeping alone; dependence on others made them depressed and sad. Financially, all expressed the desire to be engaged in some work, and most believed that without independent income, there was no prestige. Elders visiting day care centers were most satisfied with life.

Keywords: Elderly, Adjustment, Satisfaction

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 6, Issue 10, pp.145-156. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 839.062KB).

Dr. Bishnupriya Dasgupta

Associate Professor, Department of Post Graduate Studies and Research in Home Science, Department of Family Resource Management, SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Dr. Bishnupriya Dasgupta has twenty-three years of teaching experience at the graduate and post graduate level. Dr. Dasgupta organizes cultural and co-curricular activities of the department, and has presented papers in National and International Conferences. Dr. Dasgupta has a Ph.D in Entrepreneurship and has guided several dissertations in Post Graduate studies.

Shilpy Malhotra

Past Student (Applied for Ph D), Department of Post Graduate Studies and Research in Home Science, Department of Family Resource Management, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Shilpy Malhotra has a Masters Degree in Interior Design and has presented a poster at an international conference.

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