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Seniors choose retirement communities over living with children

July 19, 2012

Not long ago, it was common for older adults to move in with their children once aging in place was no longer a feasible option. However, times have changed and now seniors are refusing to move in with their kids, and instead are heading to retirement communities when they move out of their home, the Sacramento Bee reports.

The changing attitudes were reflected in a recent survey from Gallup and Robinson that found less than 25 percent of seniors accepted offers from their children to move in. The reason for the shift is due largely to the fact that seniors value their independence more than ever. Not only that, but many older adults place a premium on staying physically and socially active, something they may not get with their kids.

"They prefer to rely on their friends, not their children," gerontologist Elaine Eshbaugh told the newspaper. "And if it comes to needing care, they prefer to go into assisted living or nursing care rather than moving in with their families."

In 2010, retirement communities were a popular option for many retirees. According to figures from the University of Minnesota's School of Public Health, about 640,000 people lived in such communities, more than double the number in 2000.