Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Sociology and Anthropology


Social Work.


Cassono, R.




The study was undertaken to explore the informal and formal support systems of the elderly who reside in the Town of LaSalle in southwestern Ontario. An extensive review of the literature provided information on social support networks, demographic implications and its ramification on social policy documents. As well as, various needs assessment studies of the elderly in Windsor-Essex County. Informal and formal support systems and three theoretical perspectives were examined. Data was collected from sixty-five participants utilizing a systematic random sampling procedure. The major findings of the study showed that the primary informal supports of the elderly were their spouse and adult daughters. The data revealed that the elderly visited with their adult children on a weekly basis and reciprocal exchange of assistance was present. Currently, the utilization of formal support services by the elderly in LaSalle is extremely low. The current formal support service needs are in the areas of outdoor home maintenance, letter carriers alert and foot care services. The future perceived formal support needs are similar to the present needs with the addition of transportation and shopping services. The data showed that the elderly preferred to remain in the Town of LaSalle and future preferred dwelling was a private home, senior's apartment and apartment. Thus, the elderly wish to remain independent and autonomous. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1996 .M396. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 37-01, page: 0130. Adviser: Rosemary Cassano. Thesis (M.S.W.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1996.