Residential Satisfaction Among Iranian Senior Citizens
Yadollah Abolfathi Momtaz1, 2, Bahare Fallahi1, *, Ahmad Delbari1
1 Iranian Research Center on Aging, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2 Malaysian Research Institute on Ageing (MyAgeing), Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
The residential satisfaction is one of the major elements of quality of life, particularly in old age.
The aim of this study was to assess residential satisfaction of a sample of Iranian senior citizens in Karaj, Iran.
A cross-sectional design using a convenience sampling technique was employed to obtain a sample of 400 older adults 60 years and over. A validated researcher-constructed questionnaire was used to collect data on residential satisfaction.
The mean age of the respondents was 71.82 (SD=7.77), with a range from 60 to 98 years. The mean score for residential satisfaction was 130.70 (SD=35.70), indicating that the senior citizens were moderately satisfied with the urban space. The safety and security of the residential areas were found to be the most important factors for senior citizens.
The findings showed that older adults had moderate satisfaction with residential areas, implying that policymakers should take measures to improve public space. The practical and theoretical implications of the study that may play a critical part in making successful housing policies for aging population are discussed.
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