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This article uses a qualitative, ethnographic approach to examine the experiences older adults and their kin, as the older adult engages in relocation. Studies looking at caregiving by kin for older adults highlight burdens for the adult child. This study offers a life course perspective on kinship care, analyzing older adults’ decisions’ to move. It was found that many older adults are strongly influenced by the desire to not be cared for by their kin as well as to select housing near their existing social network, which might exclude kin. In conclusion, policy implications are discussed.


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NOTICE IN COMPLIANCE WITH PUBLISHER POLICY: This is an Author’s Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Journal of Family Social Work 17(1), 2014, pp 37-50, © Copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at: It has been formatted for archiving; pagination has been added for this version.

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