Giving Back and Staying Put: Volunteering as a Stabilizing Force in Relocation

TitleGiving Back and Staying Put: Volunteering as a Stabilizing Force in Relocation
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsShen, H-W, Perry, TE
JournalJournal of Housing for the Elderly
Volume28
Issue3
Pagination310-328
KeywordsAdult children, Demographics, Health Conditions and Status, Public Policy, Retirement Planning and Satisfaction, Risk Taking
Abstract

Relocation in older adulthood has been shown to have health-related and environmental triggering factors. This study explores the relationship between volunteering in a community and relocation. Using data from the 2008 and 2010 Health and Retirement Study, which included 9,220 community-dwelling older individuals who were aged 65 years and older, our findings show that volunteering significantly reduces the likelihood of relocating out of the area, and such a relationship is partially mediated by having friends nearby. This study is innovative because it identifies a stabilizing mechanism important for understanding protective factors, such as volunteering, as a way communities can retain older adults. Adapted from the source document.

Notes

Date revised - 2015-04-01 CODEN - JHELD2 SubjectsTermNotLitGenreText - Elderly; Retirement Communities; Health; Retirement; Risk Factors; Friendship

DOI10.1080/02763893.2014.930368
Endnote Keywords

Risk Factors/Friendship/Retirement Communities/Retirement planning/Volunteering/2143: social problems and social welfare/social gerontology

Endnote ID

999999

Citation Key8013
PubMed ID25404786
PubMed Central IDPMC4232847