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Baby Boomers' Residential Life Images and Supportive Service Needs at Post-retirement Homes - With a Focus on Korean-American Immigrants -

베이비부머의 은퇴주택 계획을 위한 주거생활상과 주거생활지원서비스 조사연구 - 재미 한인 베이비부머를 중심으로 -

  • Received : 2013.07.18
  • Accepted : 2013.10.14
  • Published : 2013.10.31

Abstract

The principle of aging-in-place should be fundamental in designing post-retirement homes to support baby boomers' healthy aging in their current living conditions. This study investigated Korean-American baby boomers' opinions about their life images in their post-retirement homes and the needs for supportive services therein. A questionnaire survey was conducted, and a total of 247 responses were used for statistical analyses. As the most important life image for their post-retirement homes, baby boomers emphasized the living environments offering various recreational activities. They indicated the post-retirement homes close to their children or family members as the next important life image. These opinions differed depending on their socioeconomic characteristics. In particular, baby boomers with higher-income preferred housing environments offering diverse recreational activities while those with lower-income preferred the housing close to more employment opportunities. In terms of supportive services available in the post-retirement homes, they wanted 'healthcare assistance services' and 'diverse recreational programs.' Gender, educational attainment, and annual income affected their preferences in these services, though. Based on the findings, this study concluded that post-retirement housing environments should create spaces to accommodate various recreational activities and include places for them to work in near-home environments. In the community, various need-based customized recreational activities and educational programs should be planned considering different socioeconomic characteristics of baby boomers. All these considerations will provide supportive residential environments for their successful aging in place.

Keywords

Baby boomers;Korean-American Immigrants;Residential Life Images;Supportive Service Needs

Cited by

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  2. Baby-boomers’ Opinions Analysis about the Services and Programs of the Independent Living in the Continuing Care Retirement Communities vol.28, pp.4, 2017, https://doi.org/10.6107/JKHA.2017.28.4.085
  3. Baby-Boomers’ Preferences for the Services and Programs of Assisted Living Unit and Nursing Home in the Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) vol.29, pp.2, 2018, https://doi.org/10.6107/JKHA.2018.29.2.001
  4. Community-Based Common Spaces Planning and Design for the Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) vol.29, pp.6, 2018, https://doi.org/10.6107/JKHA.2018.29.6.047

Acknowledgement

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