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Silverstein Quoted in New York Times Article on Seniors and Housing Decisions

November 12, 2023

The New York Times


Merril Silverstein

Senior couples often face a difficult decision—remain in the house they long loved or move to a continuing care retirement community. And there's more to it than single-level living, square footage and amenities. 

“Among older people there is a reluctance to project negativity into their future,” says Merril Silverstein, professor and chair of sociology. “There’s research that they tend to put on rose-colored glasses about things like their own aging trajectory so it’s keeping up their ego integrity to want to be independent and stay in their home.”

Read more in the New York Times article, “One of the Touchiest Housing Decisions: Do We Stay or Do We Go?

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