Living arrangement transitions among America's older adults

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This analysis describes the relationship between age and transitions from four living arrangements: living alone, living with spouse only, living with a child, and living with a spouse and child. Data from the National Survey of Families and Households, collected in 1987-88 and 1992-93, are used to calculate destination-specific hazard rates by age and then construct multiple-decrement life tables. Living alone or with a spouse are the most stable living arrangements during the early stages of later life, whereas for the oldest-old, living with a child is the most stable living arrangement. The young-old tend to exit living arrangements through changes in coresidence, whereas transitions among the oldest-old are primarily due to institutionalization and death.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)434-444
Number of pages11
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Coresidence
  • Household composition
  • Institutionalization
  • Living alone
  • Living with spouse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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