Title Elderly Needs in Community Facilities Within Residential Areas
Authors 김혜신(Kim, Hye-Shin) ; 박수빈(Park, Soobeen)
DOI https://doi.org/10.5659/JAIK.2022.38.5.15
Page pp.15-24
ISSN 2733-6247
Keywords Elderly Community; Facilities; Use; Residential Area
Abstract A healthy and successful retirement life is increasingly becoming important along with cultivating a physical environment that provides a variety of community activities in common living areas. This study focuses on identifying elderly needs in community facilities according to the scope and size of the residential areas. Through literature review, the community status by region, the concept and components of the elderly community, and the classification of elderly activities within the community were discussed. Additionally, a survey research tool was develop and utilized in the form of a structured questionnaire. Elderly people in their 60s and 70s living in a metropolitan city, a small or medium-sized town, and a rural area responded to this questionnaire. The results and conclusions indicated that the main form of transportation to a community facility for the elderly was walking; the most popular community activities involved ‘leisure and/or hobbies’ and ‘walking and/or exercise’. While analyzing the demand and satisfaction of senior welfare facilities, the demand for ‘medical facilities’, ‘welfare facilities’, and ‘neighborhood sports facilities’ placed the highest in all regions; however, the demand for religious facilities was the lowest. The results of this study can provide direction for community planning and is expected to be used as data that enables aging in place for seniors.