Predictors of non-local moves among older adults: a prospective study.

TitlePredictors of non-local moves among older adults: a prospective study.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsLongino, CF, Bradley, DE, Stoller, EP, Haas, WH
JournalJ Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci
Date Published2008 Jan
ISSN Number1079-5014
Call Numbernewpubs20080528_JoG63_1.pdf
KeywordsAged, Emigration and Immigration, Female, Humans, Interpersonal Relations, Life Change Events, Male, Prospective Studies, Socioeconomic factors, Surveys and Questionnaires, Travel

OBJECTIVES: The goal of this article was to test a series of established predictors of the hazard of moving for persons primarily in their 50s and 60s. We tested demographic covariates, resources, travel experience, and community and person ties using a prospective design.

METHODS: We employed data from the Health and Retirement Study, 1994 to 2002, based on a representative sample of households containing at least one member aged 51 to 61 in 1992. We employed measures available in the Health and Retirement Study to construct a series of Cox proportional hazards models that examined the causes of non-local moves.

RESULTS: Community and person ties emerged as important predictors of non-local moves.

DISCUSSION: Travel experience, when measured by regular vacationing and second homes, may increase community ties to a destination. The life-course model must be modified in its explanation of the importance of community and person ties, and of life transitions, as motivators of migration.

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Alternate JournalJ Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci
Citation Key7229
PubMed ID18332203
Grant ListR03-AG023813 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States