Sunday, January 15, 2006

urban/rural elderly

Studies have found differences between the attitudes and habits of elderly living in urban environments as compared to those living in rural areas. Access to services and goods that the elderly need and to activities and people they enjoy are easier in cities. It has also been found that the elderly who live in cities are more ready to become involved in life and have a more positive attitude than those living in rural areas. Eighty-five percent of the aged living in urban areas read the newspaper whereas only 48 percent of those in rural areas read a daily newspaper. Interest in politics was expressed by 53 percent of those living in an urban area and by 17 percent of those living in a rural area. In general, the aged living in urban areas have more life satisfaction because of the opportunities for involvement that are offered to them in a city. However, those people who have spent their entire life in a rural area may be most happy remaining there into old age.
Brocklehurst, J. C. Textbook of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology. New York: Churchill Livingstone, 1985.


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