Health> Vol.5 No.12A, December 2013

Reasons for the Creation of New Social Networks by the Elderly after Relocation

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ABSTRACT

It is important for the relocated elderly to create social networks within their new environment for their lives and their health. This research examined the reasons why the relocated elderly create social networks in the neighborhood. The research subject area is one snowfall town in Hokkaido, Japan. The subjects are 20 elderly people, who have been relocated to the town. The public health nurses individually conducted an interview and broke down the verbatim records into qualitative descriptions. The subjects ranged from 68 to 94 years old. Reasons why the elderly create social networks in their neighborhoods are to make their lives easier, to prepare for emergencies, to get rid of their loneliness, and to enjoy their lives. Community health providers should understand the need for neighboring social networks based on the elderly people’s condition, and support and create new networks in their community depending on their situations.

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Kudo, Y. and Saeki, K. (2013) Reasons for the Creation of New Social Networks by the Elderly after Relocation. Health, 5, 31-38. doi: 10.4236/health.2013.512A005.

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