Do older people adapt as well as younger age groups when they relocate to a new environment?
Yes. While some older people may experience a period of prolonged adjustment, there is no evidence that there is special harmfulness in elderly relocation. Studies of community residents and of institutional movers have found an approximately normal distribution of outcomes - some positive, some negative, mostly neutral, or mixed and small in degree. For many, relocation brings a better fit between personal needs and the demands of the physical and social environment. Research generally has demonstrated that adjustment to residential relocation is determined, at least in part, by perceived predictability and controllability and by the similarity between the originating and receiving environments.
Linda Breytspraak, Center on Aging Studies, University of Missouri-Kansas City
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