|Title||Neighborhood Support and Aging-in-Place Preference Among Low-Income Elderly Chinese City-Dwellers.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Authors||Lum, TYS, Lou, VWQ, Chen, Y, Wong, G, Luo, H, Tong, T|
|Journal||J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci|
|Date Published||2016 Jan|
|Keywords||Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Aging, Asian Continental Ancestry Group, Female, Hong Kong, Humans, Independent Living, Interview, Psychological, Male, Middle Aged, Poverty, Quality of Life, Residence Characteristics, Social Support, Urban Population|
OBJECTIVES: Preferences for aging-in-place are unclear among low-income elderly Chinese city-dwellers, who are more likely to be geographically bound, to have little care support, but possess strong filial values and family cohesiveness. This study investigated the preferences for aging-in-place and its contributing neighborhood factors among low-income Chinese elderly in a metropolitan city.
METHOD: We conducted interviews with 400 older people residing in public housing estates in Hong Kong.
RESULTS: The majority of low-income elderly persons (80.4%) prefer to age in place even if their health and functioning has deteriorated beyond independent living. Logistic regression showed that (a) having very low income (
DISCUSSION: Low-income elderly Chinese city-dwellers prefer to age in place, given appropriate neighborhood support. These findings can be interpreted in light of Lawton's ecological theory of aging and suggest a service model similar to the Naturally Occurring Retirement Community with Supportive Service Programs.
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