A Preliminary Model for Conceptualizing the Contemporary Living Arrangements of Older Adults

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Mackenzie Marie Martin

Abstract

The living arrangements of older adults are currently being impacted in multiple ways and are thus complex
to study. Using the results of a rapid review of the 2000-2017 literature, the primary objective of this paper is
to develop a conceptual model of older adults’ living arrangements worldwide. Such a model is an important
step in teasing out which elements of older adults’ living arrangements influence various aspects of their
health and well-being. This paper describes a preliminary model which conceptualizes older adults’ living
arrangements as inclusive of a multiplicity of factors in older adults’ intimate, immediate, and broader
settings. While this model is a start, there is considerable work left to be done to finalize the model before
it is representative of older adults’ living arrangements worldwide.

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