Relocation Adjustment in Older Adults
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The Encyclopedia of Adulthood and Aging
Among older adults, relocation is frequently a stressful event, accompanied by major losses including losses of possessions, social support systems, and mobility. However, relocation can be positive or negative depending on older adults' physical and mental health, movement preparation, the voluntary or involuntary nature of the move, social support, premove life circumstances, and older adults' coping resources such as positive thinking and resourcefulness. The process of relocation adjustment has been examined from multiple perspectives, yet interventions to facilitate relocation adjustment are still limited. In recent years researchers have tested some interventions to help older adults adjust to relocation. More collaboration between researchers and practitioners is critical to harmonize research agendas with the development and testing of interventions in long‐term care facilities.