Neighborhood Support and Aging-in-Place Preference Among Low-Income Elderly Chinese City-Dwellers.

TitleNeighborhood Support and Aging-in-Place Preference Among Low-Income Elderly Chinese City-Dwellers.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsLum, TYS, Lou, VWQ, Chen, Y, Wong, G, Luo, H, Tong, T
JournalJ Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci
Date Published2016 Jan
ISSN Number1758-5368
KeywordsAged, 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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Endnote Keywords

Aged, 80 and over
Asian Continental Ancestry Group/psychology
Hong Kong
*Independent Living/psychology/statistics & numerical data
Interview, Psychological
Middle Aged
*Poverty/psychology/statistics & numerical data
*Quality of Life
*Residence Characteristics
*Social Support
Urban Population

Alternate JournalJ Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci
Citation Key8477
PubMed ID25384636