Quality of life of elderly retired people in the region of Taif City, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)

Haidari, Basit Ali and Khan, Hafiz T.A. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1817-3730 (2022) Quality of life of elderly retired people in the region of Taif City, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). In: X. International symposium of social and applied gerontology, 21-23 Nov 2022, Akdeniz University, Antalya, Turkey. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Introduction/Purpose:
Life of older people after retirement is an important area of research in social gerontology. Very little is know about retirement life of people in the context of Middle East particularly on Saudi Arabia. People who have permanently lived and retired in Taif may find it easy to integrate in social activities than those who were away in other cities for employment purposes. Participation in social activities within a community helps people to integrate easily which is obviously linked with their health and wellbeing. It is worthwhile to know the key challenges being faced by two groups of elderly. One group people who have retired in Taif, and another group who have returned to Taif after retirement in other cities of Saudi Arabia.
Method:
A semi-structured interview was adopted in the study during 15 -31 October 2022. Questionnaire was distributed to 20 retired people aged 60 years and over in Taif City targeting two equal groups (one who lived and retired in city, and the other those who retired elsewhere but now live in Taif). Data have been collected from 6 people who permanently live in Taif and remain there after retired. Unfortunately, no response has been received from people who have retired outside Taif. The survey has asked a battery of questions to collect data on their daily activities after retirement, health and wellbeing.
Results:
Interesting findings are emerged on activities of elderly after retirement in Taif. The results are reached by summarising information available on the survey. Here results are based on sample of people who permanently live in Taif area. It appears that most people are happily integrated with their community after retirement. They are less likely to face challenges for integration in the community. No result is found for other group of respondents as they did not take part in the survey. This can be explored in any future study.
Conclusion:
The findings will help policy-makers to understand the challenges that the elderly face after their retirement. It is anticipated that the results will help policy-makers to take proper actions for improving health and wellbeing of elderly after their retirement.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Depositing User: Hafiz T.A. Khan
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2022 06:36
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2022 10:56
URI: https://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/9649

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