Transition and Adaptation to the Continuing Care Retirement Community From a Life Course Perspective: Something Old, Something New, and Something Borrowed

J Appl Gerontol. 2018 Mar;37(3):267-288. doi: 10.1177/0733464816637851. Epub 2016 Mar 16.


The study examined the accounts of older adults and their adult children concerning the transition to the continuing care retirement community (CCRC) and the adjustment to it, using a life course perspective. Up to three waves of interviews, consisting of a total of 187 interviews with older adults and their adult children, were conducted between 6 months and 6 years from the transition to the CCRC. Thematic analysis was employed using comparisons across groups of interviewees (older adults and adult children) and waves of interviews (up to three waves) to identify core categories of meaning. Time perception was an organizing principle across interviews. Both older adults and their adult children perceived themselves as moving forward and backward in time following the transition to the CCRC and future expectations for deterioration. The study emphasizes the linked-lives of older adults and their adult children.

Keywords: adjustment; change; continuity; long-term care; time perception.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Adult Children / psychology*
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Aging / psychology*
  • Family Relations
  • Female
  • Housing for the Elderly*
  • Humans
  • Independent Living / psychology
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Residence Characteristics
  • Role