- 地域総合研究 = Regional studies (ISSN:09142355)
- vol.40, no.1, pp.1-17, 2012-09
This study aimed to conduct an analysis based on a survey performed in 4 municipalitieswhich investigated social isolation among elderly persons living alone. This study was conductedas collaborative research between the Minami-Nippon Shimbun and International University ofKagoshima in September 2011, and obtained sample data from 1,000 cases with the support oflocal welfare staff members. Although economic deprivation is often considered the greatest riskfactor for social isolation among elderly persons, this study also focused on differences betweenurban and depopulated areas to analyze the data. As the results, the level of social activities andsense of isolation were particularly affected by the level of income. This was marked in depopulated areas, where infrastructure has not been improved compared to urban areas.