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Older persons who move: reasons and health consequences

Journal of Applied Gerontology

Author: Choi, N. G.
Year: 1996
Type: Journal Article


Data from the Longitudinal Survey of Aging 1984-1990 are used to analyze the reasons for and determinants of moving among seniors aged 70+ (N = 615 movers & 3,445 stayers). More than 60% of movers gave their own poor health, spouse's poor health/death, &/or desire for close kinship as reasons for moving, & 25%+ cited money problems. Blacks & women were more likely to cite desire for close kinship than were whites & men. Comparison between movers & stayers showed that moving late in life contributes to health deterioration in a small, but significant degree. Social services & financial assistance for children & other relatives who take in ailing elderly relatives are recommended, & social services & programs to help alleviate the stress & ease the transition of moving for older persons discussed.

Further Details

Full Title Journal of Applied Gerontology
Pages 325-344
Volume 15
Issue 3
Accession Number 27.3.03
Research Notes Electronic copy added 07/08/2013
Keywords North America, older, health improvement

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