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ERIC Number: ED178804
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Remarriage Among the Elderly: Present and Future.
Vinick, Barbara H.
Many factors are contributive to a rise in the rate of remarriage among older adults. Statistical and survey data on the condition of the elderly suggest that: (1) the number of elderly marriages has increased dramatically in recent years; (2) improved health status allows older adults greater socialization and mobility which greatly enhance the chances for remarriage; (3) the trend to live in single residences fosters the desire for remarriage; and (4) older adults value their freedom and independence. Attitudes of older adults and significant others in their environment reflect little condemnation of remarriage by younger persons and a trend toward acceptance of remarriage by older adults themselves. Social policy is also influential in affecting remarriage rates as evidenced by changes in Social Security laws and the proliferation of programs designed to help older adults remain in their homes as long as possible, e.g. senior citizen recreation centers, subsidized meal programs, and special transportation services. (Author/HLM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Remarriage; Social Policy
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society (Philadelphia, PA, 1978); Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility