Choice or Imposition? Factors that Influence the Receptivity of the Elderly in Lucknow Towards Staying at Senior-Living Homes
Author : Mahi Agarwal
The International school Bangalore
In an increasingly urbanized society of India, the phenomenon of the elderly spending their twilight years in senior-living homes is gradually becoming more prevalent in big cities like Delhi and Mumbai. A senior living home is a home for elderly people where they are provided all the amenities they may need to stay healthy and comfortable. Urbanised in the context of Indian cities means that the city is much more technologically and socially advanced than the rest. This trend has concomitantly been accompanied by the rise in the number of such institutions to meet the demand. Hence, the present research study focuses on whether a trend was also representative of other parts of India by conducting an online survey among 70 elderly citizens of Lucknow, belonging to the age group of 65 years and more living in urban/rural areas of Lucknow. Besides this, interviews were conducted with few respondents to generate more in-depth knowledge of the topic Thematic analysis revealed sociocultural characteristics, factors specific to Lucknow. Nonetheless, the study shows that the reluctance of Lucknow elderly to stay at senior-living homes may be a situation that could change in the not-too-distant future. With the convergence of their aging and the movement of social trends away from joint families and home-based care services, the elderly in Lucknow may have to prepare themselves for the prospect of living in these institutions. A social trend is a term used to describe events that society as a whole follows or considers correct. Senior-living home industries and policymakers in Lucknow could benefit from the current study to enhance the quantity and quality of these homes to make them an attractive alternative for the elderly to want to move there.