Department of Rural Sociology
In South Dakota, particularly, growing numbers of older citizens give cause for increasing concern with their problems. While the total population of South Dakota declined by 5.8% between 1930 and 1950, during the same period the number of persons 65 years old and older increased by 49.8%.3 By 1958, 10.1% of the state's total population was 65 years old and older, compared with the national figure of 8.8%.
A consideration of the preceding discussion makes understandable the increasing interest in life in the later years. This increased interest has stimulated research, concerned not only with problems like medical care, housing, and finances, but concerned also with more subtle problems involving the maintenance of the older person as an integrated, well-functioning personality.
retirement home adjustments, elderly nursing home adjustments, chronological old age, old age homes, assisted living
South Dakota Experiment Station, South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts
Klug, D. G. and Sauer, H. M., "Adjustment of the Elderly in Retirement Homes in Eastern South Dakota" (1961). Research Bulletins of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (1887-2011). 501.