PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2015, Vol. 34 ›› Issue (12): 1577-1585.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2015.12.006

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Aging at home and the intent to relocate in Beijing

YU Jie1(), W. ROSENBERG Mark1, CHENG Yang2   

  1. 1. Department of Geography, Queen's University, Kingston K7L3N6, Canada
    2. School of Geography, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, 100875, China
  • Online:2015-12-31 Published:2015-12-31


The Chinese government has proposed "Aging in community" and "socialization of elderly care" as the basic strategies for the older population, which means the government is trying to keep older people at home, providing care at the community level and making care the responsibility of the whole society. To create a favorable environment that keeps older people at home, it is crucial to understand older people’s experiences of aging at home, and the environmental factors that influence their aging experiences and intention of relocation to an institute. The quantitative analysis is based on 405 valid questionnaires out of 451 questionnaires collected. By using cross tabulation and logistic regression model, it is found that physical environment, including housing condition and community built environment, explains the tendency and also determines the general experience of aging at home. Older people's child/children, as stated in previous studies, is an important factor when discussing aging in Chinese context. Whether older people are satisfied with their children's visit not only determines their experience of aging in place, but also explains their intention of moving to a RCF.The younger age group is more open to residential care facilities. Community and community service are still under construction but its effectiveness determines aging at home experience.

Key words: aging in place, health geography, older population, social environment, Beijing