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Title: Successful Aging and its Determinants: A Study of the Elderly in Kolkata
Authors: Gupta, Niharika
Keywords: Siva Raju, S
School of Social Sciences
Issue Date: 2001
Publisher: Tata Institute Of Social Science
Abstract: 'With the increase in lifespan, individuals continue to face challenges to their well-being in the form of changes in the social and physical environment and their own age-related. declines and changes. The process of aging entails numerous life changes, both, positive and negative. The manner in which the elderly develop varied coping skins and adapt successfully to these changes depend on their personal and environmental factors, thereby maintaining life satisfaction and a content later life, With the impact of industrialisation and urbanisation, there has been a growing awareness for information on how,the elderly operate in the society, meet their needs with the requirements of the rest of the society and the type of provisions that can be provided for their social participation and integration. Successful aging may be defined as the ability to cope with major life events and adapt to new situations. The relationship between aging and successful adaptation is perhaps the oldest and most persistently investigated issue in the scientific study of aging. Though well researched in developed nations, the social and ecological factors in a society as large and complex as India need to be explored to bring out the varied personal adjustments of the elderly. Further, the elderly are not a homogenous group and their needs differ according to their socia-economic, personal and health backgrounds. Assessing the varied determinants of successful aging among the elderly from all sections of society is expected to assist in designing provisions that are congruent to their specific needs to improve the quality of later life and prevent the possible social and economic burdens. The earlier studies were however, limited in providing a comprehensive understanding of the multiple dimensions from the social and living environment that influence the successful adjustment of the elderly and the diversity among them due to their varied socio-economic and personal backgrounds Considering this gap in research, the present study focused on successful aging and its determinants among the urban elderly from different socio-economic backgrounds to bring out the diversity among them, including gender-related issues. The sample survey was carried oul in two wards in the city of Kolkata (earlier called as Calcutta and renamed in the year 2000) and the elderly were identified from twelve localities using the voter's list of the 23rd Legislative Assembly Constituency, South Calcutta, Alipore (3rd October, 1999). The total sample constituted 600 elderly (60 years and above), with an equal proportion of 200 respondents (100 males and 100 females) from each of the three class groups of poor, middle income and well-to-do. The determinants were selected from a broad spectrum of the living condition of the elderly
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