QUALITY OF LIFE AMONG THE OLDEST OLD: A SOCIOLOGICAL ANALYSIS
Dr. Anjanappa. B.H
The main aim of the present paper is to assess the quality of life of the oldest old 80+ living in old age homes. Identification of old age homes; Survey of old age homes in urban Shivamogga district. The following 05 old age homes were randomly selected for the study and also some of the case study was explained. Selection of Sample is Purposive random sampling; the cross section of the society with 80 old age people residing in old age homes between the age ranges of 81-98 years constituted the sample. A sample of 20 men and 20 women above 80 years were selected from 05 old age homes in Shivamogga and Chickamagluru districts of Karnataka. The study reveals that, the 21st Century is often called the 'age of ageing'. One of the world's greatest challenges of the present century is the enormous increase in the absolute number and proportion of older persons in the world.Aging is generally defined as a process of deterioration in the functional capacity of an individual that results from structural changes, with advancement ofage or population above 60 years of age. Some demographers also distinguish young old 60-69 years, middle old 70-79 years, oldest old 80-89 years and the extreme old 90+ years. Older people are heterogeneous i.e., extreme losses of physical, mental and social functions are often seen in old people yet many people continue to maintain high level of function. However,as "young old" move in to the “oldest-old” category, they tend to have more health complaints and diagnosed illness. The problems faced by them range fromill-health, absence of social security, loss of social role and recognition and thenon-availability of opportunities for creative use.
KEYWORDS: Ageing, Oldest, Health, Globalistion