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Empty Nesterdom: Attitudes and Behaviors of Current and Soon-to-Be Empty Nesters

To uncover perceptions, emotions, attitudes, and behaviors of empty nesters, Life Reimagined commissioned a survey. This report presents findings about current empty nesters (whose last child moved out within the last 5 years) and soon-to-be empty nesters (whose last child will move out within the next two years) who are at least 40 years old and have a child who is at least 17 years old.

Key findings include the following:

  • The term “Empty Nester” is widely understood and disliked by few.

  • Soon-to-be empty nesters experience a wide range of emotions. They worry most about their children and missing their children, but it gets easier over time. 

  • Adjusting to life as an empty nester does not take as long as anticipated.

  • Not only do they quickly become comfortable, but empty nesters are also satisfied with their experience.

  • Empty nesters do not do as many things as they anticipate.

The online survey was fielded by Morar Consulting, under the direction of mBooth, from August 12-21, 2016. Survey data was weighted using estimated population incidence levels for each segment and sub-segment obtained through the recruitment/screening process. The segments are current empty nesters (whose last child moved out within the last 5 years), soon-to-be empty nesters (whose last child will move out within the next two years), and boomerang/former empty nesters (who was previously an empty-nester but at least one child has now moved back home).  For more information contact Colette Thayer at CThayer@aarp.org.