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Housing plans of the oldest: ageing in semi-rural areas in Sweden
Stockholm Univ, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Division Ageing and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2020 (English)In: Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, ISSN 1566-4910, E-ISSN 1573-7772, Vol. 35, no 1, p. 27-43Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A number of smaller municipalities have decreasing population rates. Generally, the young move out, increasing the proportion of older people. To increase our understanding of the living conditions of an ageing population in small municipalities, a postal survey was conducted in three small, semi-rural municipalities in southern Sweden. In the survey the respondents answered questions about their living situation and their housing plans. The aim of this study was to investigate the housing situation and housing plans of the very old in semi-rural areas and research questions analysed for this study concerned the current housing situation and plans for future housing. A total of 1386 surveys were sent out in March 2014, to all inhabitants aged 80 years or more, residing in the ordinary housing market in the three municipalities, the response rate was 60%. The results show that most of the respondents were firmly rooted in the area as most of them had lived in the municipality for more than 20 years and 60% had lived in their current dwelling for more than 20 years. Ageing in place was the dominating plan, although one quarter of the respondents answered that they did not know what would happen in the future. Those who planned to move wanted to move to housing that required less maintenance and to a more central location. Residential mobility is at play also in old age as 27% of the respondents had moved at some point during the last 10 years, i.e., after the age of 70.

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SPRINGER , 2020. Vol. 35, no 1, p. 27-43
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Older people; Survey data; Housing; Rural ageing; Semi-rural municipalities
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Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-164375DOI: 10.1007/s10901-019-09665-zISI: 000515172000002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-164375DiVA, id: diva2:1415868
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