The risks when the elderly anticipate relocation

Researchers from the University of Massachusetts, in Boston examined the relationship between the occurrence of falls and the expectations older adults have about making future residential moves.

First, the details.

  • Data from the 2002 Health and Retirement Study were used to analyze the probability of moving among a nationally representative sample of noninstitutionalized adults.
  • The participants were aged 65 and older.
  • The data come from reports made by the participants.

And, the results.

  • Falls were predictive of anticipation of housing relocation.
  • More than 50% of those who fell reported the probability of moving within the next 2 years.

The bottom line?

The authors concluded their results “suggest that consideration of housing relocation is greater among older adults who experience tangible events indicative of a trajectory of deteriorating health.”

My wife (Dr. Irene) says she’s not surprised.

I think it presents a challenge to healthcare professionals and social workers at the state level to develop better methods that minimize this risk during evaluation for a move to an assisted living facility or nursing home.

3/12/10 19:26 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.