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Socio-Recreational Aspects of Elderly Living in Old Age Home


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1 Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, St. Philomena’s (Autonomous) College, Mysuru-570015, Karnataka, India
     

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Old age is considered as last stage of life span, also known as second childhood period. Age sixty is usually a dividing line between middle and old age. This is a period to enjoy retired life, being peaceful, relax and enjoy with grand children. It seems that elderly have been neglected by younger ones’, where they must be taken care at this age, which they are also feel to be part of family life. Unfortunately the changing values, rapid individualistic behaviour among younger generation’s mind set to settle down in cities or abroad leaving these elderly away in the institutional care. Once they are placed in the institutional care automatically their daily routine, life style would change, where in these older adults have to cope up with the changes as well as challenges of the institutional care. However the present study aims at exploring the socio-recreational aspects of elderly in the institutional care. More than 50 elderly (both male and female) were interviewed to know the social, recreational and daily routine activities of the elderly. Self structured interview schedule was prepared to gather primary data from the older adults. The study revealed that majority older adults have been active in socio-recreational activities in the old age home.

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Elderly, Social, Recreational, Institution, Cope Up.
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M. C. Sandhyarani
Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, St. Philomena’s (Autonomous) College, Mysuru-570015, Karnataka, India

Abstract


Old age is considered as last stage of life span, also known as second childhood period. Age sixty is usually a dividing line between middle and old age. This is a period to enjoy retired life, being peaceful, relax and enjoy with grand children. It seems that elderly have been neglected by younger ones’, where they must be taken care at this age, which they are also feel to be part of family life. Unfortunately the changing values, rapid individualistic behaviour among younger generation’s mind set to settle down in cities or abroad leaving these elderly away in the institutional care. Once they are placed in the institutional care automatically their daily routine, life style would change, where in these older adults have to cope up with the changes as well as challenges of the institutional care. However the present study aims at exploring the socio-recreational aspects of elderly in the institutional care. More than 50 elderly (both male and female) were interviewed to know the social, recreational and daily routine activities of the elderly. Self structured interview schedule was prepared to gather primary data from the older adults. The study revealed that majority older adults have been active in socio-recreational activities in the old age home.

Keywords


Elderly, Social, Recreational, Institution, Cope Up.