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From suburb to central location – Residential mobility among elderly
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Department of Human Geography, Stockholm University.
2011 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In Sweden an assumption is that older people today, and in particular the baby boomers, are more willing to change residence to accommodate for changing life-styles and poorer health when ageing, than was the case for earlier generations. Often this will include a move from a suburban location to a central location. In interview studies and the popular debate this would suit the idea of modern older people taking part in the culture of the city centre, such as museums, concerts and theatres. There are qualitative and survey studies pointing to such a residential mobility trend among seniors but quantitative tests are to a large extent lacking although increased mobility rates among young seniors have been shown. The aim of this study is to examine, in three case municipalities, if older people leaving owner occupation in the suburb move to apartments in more central locations. The analysis is made using a register database, Geoswede, comprising the total Swedish population. Moves of the cohorts born in the 1920s, 1930s and the 1940s are followed between 2001 and 2006. Most elderly in Sweden are stayers (75%). However, it can be concluded that in three municipalities a centralized mobility pattern can be observed. Mobility and residential patterns of the studied cohorts will impact planning issues, as they constitute two out of nine million people in Sweden.

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Keyword [en]
Older people, elderly, registered data, residential mobility, housing, Sweden
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-80174OAI: diva2:546038
ENHR Conference on Mixiteé – an urban and housing issue? Toulouse, France, 5 – 8 July, 2011
De äldre som aktörer på den svenska bostadsmarknaden - flyttmönster, boendepreferenser och bostadsval/Older people in the Swedish Housing Market - Mobility Patterns, Housing Preferences, and Housing Choices
Swedish Research Council, 2010-2068
Available from: 2012-08-22 Created: 2012-08-22 Last updated: 2012-08-28

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