The Role of Reciprocity in the self reported health status of older residents of relocatable home parks
Studies of social relationships across the life span have identified that reciprocity plays an important role in the life satisfaction of individuals. In studying the implications for older people of moving to a relocatable or manufactured home park, reciprocity has been identified as having a positive impact on the self esteem and quality of life of many of the residents. Reciprocity has been defined as the capacity to give and receive mutually and can be as simple as collecting the mail for a resident through to providing informal care for an ill resident. This paper compares the finding of this particular study with other studies conducted in retirement villages and with older people in the community. It will discuss the possible implications for resident when their capacity to provided reciprocal support to other residents diminishes and present one example of an initiative which was conducted in a particular park and which was based on the residents capacity to provide reciprocal support to each other.
Australasian Journal on Ageing Volume 19.4 Supplement Nov 2000