Grief in the initial adjustment process to the continuing care retirement community

Liat Ayalon, Varda Green

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This paper examined the transition to continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) within the framework of anticipatory and disenfranchised grief. Qualitative interviews with 29 residents and 19 adult children were conducted. Three major thematic categories emerged from the data. The first theme reflected ambivalence, dialectics or uncertainty about the CCRC as manifested by the various names assigned to it by respondents. The second theme reflected the acknowledgement of present and anticipatory losses and grief in response to the move. The final theme reflected respondents' disenfranchisement of their grief and loss and their view of the transition in a positive light. In their early adjustment period, residents and adult children are ambivalent about the transition, but often refrain from acknowledging their losses openly because of the image of the CCRC as a status symbol. Open acknowledgement of losses associated with the transition might be beneficial.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)394-400
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Aging Studies
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2012


  • Anticipatory grief
  • Disenfranchised grief
  • Housing options
  • Long term care
  • Older adults
  • Qualitative


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