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Patterns of contacts for residents of age-segregated and age-integrated housing
Author(s)Susan R Sherman
Journal titleThe Journals of Gerontology, vol 30, no 1, 1975
Pagespp 103-107
KeywordsResidents [care homes] ; Social contacts ; United States of America.
AnnotationIt has been suggested that age-segregated housing for older people is undesirable because of lack of contact with, and stimulation from, younger people. Research has shown that even in age-integrated housing, intergenerational contact is normally limited and greater density of age peers will lead to more opportunities for contacts and friendships. Interviews with residents of six retirement facilities and with matched controls in age-integrated housing showed that those in retirement facilities interacted less with their grandchildren and other relatives, and fewer had friends younger than 40, although they had more new friends in total. A 2-year follow-up interview showed substantially the same patterns. It was concluded that age-segregated housing does imply different spheres of contacts but that either situation can be satisfactory for the person who has freely made the choice. (AKM).
Accession NumberCPA-930720097 A
ClassmarkKX: TOA: 7T *

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