The Change of South Korea into an Elderly Society: A Case Study of Elderly People's Needs

By Jinman Kyonne.

Published by The International Journal of Aging and Society

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South Korea is one of the many countries that is rapidly becoming an aged society. However, the Korean society still places the responsibility of helping the elderly onto their family members, as is the typical custom. The government has not made sufficient effort to facilitate social work agencies for the people and by far rank the lowest among OECD nations (OECD, 2009). In order to understand the issue of poverty among the elderly as well as their social isolation, this study adopts the “social exclusion theory” because it overarches into both the economic strain and social isolation. As a way of understanding how seriously the Korean elderly are suffering under such unequal system, this study explores the actual needs of the elderly by interviewing an old woman in a typical elderly community.

Keywords: Elderly Society, Social Needs, Public Policy

The International Journal of Aging and Society, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp.71-75. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 303.361KB).

Prof. Jinman Kyonne

Professor, Department of Public Administration, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, Seoul, South Korea

Jinman Kyonne is a professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS) in South Korea. He has Bachelor and Master degrees in public administration from HUFS, and a Master and Ph.D. degree in social work from the University of Missouri - Columbia in the U.S. His research and teaching interests include social welfare policy, child care, program evaluation, policy analysis, organization theories, and international social work. His research has appeared in various journals including Perspectives on Social Work, Global Studies Journal, and International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations.