Title: Tourism as a context for depression prevention among the elderly population in Kolkata

Authors: Somdatta Mukherjee

Addresses: Department of Sociology, Sister Nivedita University, DG 1/2 New Town, Action Area 1, Kolkata – 700156, India

Abstract: The focus of this paper is on how tourism can play an important role in the depression prevention among the aged population in Kolkata (especially from the age of 65-75). It has been explained that how a particular aged group in Kolkata is facing problems of ageing and how it is becoming a threat to our society. It has been found out that depression is one of the major issues among that particular aged group. It has also been manoeuvred that how leisure can be a context of this depression prevention and tourism (especially domestic tourism) can play an important mitigating role in this concomitant 'risk' that is all pervading in our present-day society. The problems of depression among that age group have been discussed and the write-up ends with a probable solution of this depression. The solution lied in the context of leisure in general and tourism, in particular. How tourism can be a probable solution of this ongoing depression has been discussed with the help of a mixed method (description of the qualitative part with the help of various univariate and bivariate data analysis on the quantitative part with Chi-squared testing).

Keywords: ageing; depression; leisure; tourism.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTA.2021.10046407

International Journal of Tourism Anthropology, 2021 Vol.8 No.3, pp.228 - 253

Accepted: 30 Oct 2021
Published online: 21 Apr 2022 *

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