ERIC Number: ED215288
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Rural/Urban Residence and the Aging Population.
Heaton, Tim B.
Aging of the national population coupled with shifts in long-term redistribution trends have sparked interest in the spatial distribution of the elderly population. The insufficiency of economic models for explanations of elderly migration has been recognized and new approaches are being developed. Findings regarding the effects of retirement, climate, and family, as well as other variables, support the notion that the elderly are more responsive to amenity or quality of life variables. The formulation of models to explain the origins of spatial variation in age structures and to predict the consequences of this variation should take into account the demographic dynamics of the aging process, recognizing that: (1) the behavior of both the young and old can influence spatial variation in aging; (2) in low fertility, low mortality societies, fertility and mortality will move the society toward spatial homogeneity; and (3) in such societies, migration is the major process generating spatial variation in age structures. Research must concentrate on investigating the consequences of elderly redistribution. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: White House Conference on Aging, Washington, DC.