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ERIC Number: EJ786007
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 24
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-0091-4150
Motives for Residential Mobility in Later Life: Post-Move Perspectives of Elders and Family Members
Sergeant, Julie F.; Ekerdt, David J.
International Journal of Aging and Human Development, v66 n2 p131-154 2008
This qualitative study delineates motives for residential mobility, describes dynamics between the elder and family members during the move decision process, and locates the move decision within ecological layers of the aging context. Interviews were conducted with 30 individuals and couples (ages 60-87) who experienced a community-based move within the past year, and with 14 extended family members. Reasons for moving (from perspectives of both elders who moved and their family members) were grouped into four themes and eleven issues that influenced the move decision. These themes parallel the ecological context of individual health and functioning, beliefs and attitudes, physical environment, and social pressures. Late-life mobility is a significant life transition that is the outcome of an ongoing appraisal and reappraisal of housing fit with individual functioning, needs, and aspirations. Family members are an integral part of these decision and residential mobility processes. (Contains 1 figure and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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