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The experience of aging may necessitate transitions in living environments, either through adaptations to current residences or relocations to more supportive environments. For over a half century, the study of these transitions has informed the work of researchers, health and mental health providers, policymakers, and municipal planners. In the 1970s and ‘80s, knowledge about these transitions advanced through Lawton & Nahemow’s ecological theory of competence and environmental press, Wiseman’s behavioral model of relocation decision-making, and Litwak & Longino’s developmental perspective on senior migrations. This paper revisits influential theoretical frameworks which contribute to our understanding of senior transitions in living environments. These seminal works are shown to inform recent studies of relocation and gerontology. This paper concludes with a call for a view on housing transitions that reflects the contemporary context.


Place and Environment | Social Work


NOTICE IN COMPLIANCE WITH PUBLISHER POLICY: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Gerontologist following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version [ Perry, T. E., Anderson, T. C. & Kaplan, D. B. (2014). Relocation remembered: perspectives on senior transitions in the living environment. Gerontologist 54(1): 78-81 ] is copyrighted to the Authors, and available online at doi: 10.1093/geront/gnt070. This version has been formatted for archiving, including pagination.