Adjustment of old age persons is a common problem all over the world. Due to old age and retirement, their living arrangement also changes. This study analyzed the living arrangement of elderly persons and their old age adjustment & mental health. Four types of living arrangement are considered here.
1. Married persons living with their spouse only.
2. Married persons living with their spouse and children.
3. Unmarried persons living with their children only.
4. Elderly persons living in the old age homes.
300 nos. of old age persons (between 60 to 70 yrs. both male and female) were given Shamshad Hussain and Jasbir Kaur’s Old Age Adjustment Inventory & Dr. Pramod Kumar’s Mental Health Checklist in Maharashtra state in India. There is a significant difference in health, home, social, marital, emotional and financial adjustment of elderly persons living in their own homes and living in old age homes. The old age persons living in their own homes are connected to their family and those who are living in old age homes are alienated from their family. Hence persons who are connected to family show better health, home, social, emotional and financial adjustment as compared to those who are alienated from their family. Significant difference is also found regarding their mental health.
Key words: Old age, living arrangements & mental health
Nisha Mundada, SSMM Arts Commerce & Science College, India
Revati Hatkanagalekr, KWC Arts Commerce & Science College, India
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