Date of publishing:

25.9.2021

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.21104/CL.2021.3.02

Abstract:

In public discourse, there is a general belief that an urbanized society is not well prepared to meet the societal challenge of an aging population. At first glance, older people do not seem to fit into the dynamic environment of cities, but are automatically associated with the idea of ​​a more tranquil life in the countryside. In the paper, we will therefore focus on the social networks of seniors and their loneliness in the urban environment, paradoxically with a high population density, variation of lifestyles, attitudes, interests. Usually in the city we expect a higher probability of innovative ways of grasping and handling with the practical consequences of absent or diminishing social networks, often resulting in feeling of loneliness, whether in the form of informal ties between neighbors, acquaintances, colleagues or random meetings in busy public spaces. The city has great potential to reduce loneliness in the daily lives of seniors and thus address one of the serious factors reducing their quality of life.
In the research, we were interested in how seniors living in selected Slovak cities reflect their social networks. Where resides the emphasis: is it family or community? The research is based on a mixed method using a questionnaire method implemented on a sample of 1026 seniors living in cities in Slovakia in combination with qualitative in-depth ethnographic interviews with seniors on the topic of their social networks.

Keywords

seniors, social networks, loneliness, family, community, city

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