While most respondents to this January 2009 survey of adults ages 18 and older said that moving in with a friend or family member was unlikely, among those who thought it was a possibility, one-third said that such a move would be due to a loss in income, while one-fifth said it would be due to a change in job status or a change in health status.
Notably, comfort in living with additional friends or family members was high, with more than four in ten respondents saying they would be comfortable with such an arrangement if it became necessary.
This telephone survey of 1,002 adults ages 18 and older was conducted for AARP by International Communications Research (ICR) from January 15 to January 19, 2009. For more information about this research, please contact Teresa A. Keenan, Ph.D., at 202-434-6274. (20 pages)
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