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
KeywordsAdult children, Demographics, Health Conditions and Status, Public Policy, Retirement Planning and Satisfaction, Risk Taking

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.


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

Endnote Keywords

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

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Citation Key8013
PubMed ID25404786
PubMed Central IDPMC4232847