7. Late-Life Transitions and Interventions

  1. Patricia Noller2 and
  2. Gery C. Karantzas3
  1. Kathleen Piercy

Published Online: 23 APR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444354119.ch7

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Couples and Family Relationships

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Couples and Family Relationships

How to Cite

Piercy, K. (2012) Late-Life Transitions and Interventions, in The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Couples and Family Relationships (eds P. Noller and G. C. Karantzas), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444354119.ch7

Editor Information

  1. 2

    School of Psychology, University of Queensland, Queensland, 4072, Australia

  2. 3

    School of Psychology, Deakin University, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood, Victoria, 3125, Australia

Author Information

  1. Department of Family, Consumer, and Human Development, 2905 Old Main Hill, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322-2905, United States, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 APR 2012
  2. Published Print: 20 JAN 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444334500

Online ISBN: 9781444354119



  • late-life transitions and interventions;
  • spouse caregivers, providing care longer than adult children;
  • marriage rates of older adults, differing by gender and race;
  • nonmarital couples, and homosexual partnerships;
  • marital quality and satisfaction in late-life marriages;
  • widowhood, psychological and social adjustments;
  • marital satisfaction in late-life couples, positive and negative patterns;
  • challenges to couple closeness, life transitions in late life;
  • functional limitations, persons with chronic illnesses;
  • socioemotional selectivity theory, that as people age, fewer social contacts


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Factors that Contribute to Marital Quality and Satisfaction in Late-Life Marriages

  • Retirement

  • Health Problems

  • Mild Cognitive Impairment and Dementia

  • Adjustment to Widowhood

  • Remarriage

  • Implications for Practitioners

  • References