Influence of Late Life Stressors on the Decisions of Older Women to Relocate into Congregate Senior Housing

October 1, 2013


  • Heidi H. Ewen
  • Jasleen Chahal

The primary aim of this study is to elucidate the push-pull factors associated with moving into congregate senior housing. The secondary aim is to investigate the decision-making processes and stresses associated with moving into a congregate living environment. Interviews were conducted with 26 women who were new residents in congregate senior housing. Relocation, as expected, was considered to be stressful although individual differences were found among perceptions of relocation stresses. Women who had made the decision to relocate on their own showed evidence of better psychosocial well-being at the time of the move. As the options for senior housing continue to evolve and the numbers of adults reaching advanced age continue to increase, it is important to understand the factors that contribute to successful adaptation. This knowledge will enable facility administrators to implement programs and procedures to assist incoming residents with acclimating to their new homes.

J Hous Elderly. 27(4), 392–408. doi:10.1080/02763893.2013.813428

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  • Long-Term Care Facilities
  • Psychology of Aging