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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

CSULB Gerontology Student Research 2006

An Examination of Social and Recreational Needs Among Older Chinese Residents in an Independent Living Site

Chun-Ping Chang

The purpose of this study was to investigate the needs of independent living older Chinese residents for social and recreational services. The goal of this research is to decrease the underutilization of related services among this particular old err population and provide them with a better quality of life. This quantitative study utilized existing data from a nonprofit organization, life STEPS, which provides contracted properties. The study was able to generate results from 25 self-administered questionnaires. Results indicated that residents mostly seek assistance form adult children when reaching out for needed services or benefits. Subjects' service preferences have resembled many concrete needs of the general aging population. Other recommended services consisting of transportation, language, socialization, and essential social services were mentioned in the study to promote service utilization rate, peer interaction, and mental and physical well-being.

Anxiety About Aging: A Consideration of Gender and Sexual Orientation

Healther Wanklet The purpose of this study was to determine the influence of sexual orientation on anxiety about aging among men and women, aged 21 and older. A total of 222 participants met the subject criteria. The Anxiety about Aging Scale was used. Significant differences in total mean scores were found between age/cohort groups. When asked, "At what age do you consider yourself to be old?" age increased by age/cohort. Male also considered themselves old at a younger age than females, and nonheterosexuals considered themselves to be old at a younger age than heterosexuals.






Chun-Ping Chang, M.S.

BS, Chung Shan Medical University,Taichung, Taiwan






Healther Wanklet, M.S.

BA, California State University, Long Beach