Voices on relocation and aging in place in very old age: a complex and ambivalent matter

Löfqvist, Charlotte, Granbom, Marianne, Himmelsbach, Ines, Iwarsson, Susanne, Oswald, Frank and Haak, Maria (2013) Voices on relocation and aging in place in very old age: a complex and ambivalent matter. Gerontologist, 53 6: 919-927. doi:10.1093/geront/gnt034

Author Löfqvist, Charlotte
Granbom, Marianne
Himmelsbach, Ines
Iwarsson, Susanne
Oswald, Frank
Haak, Maria
Title Voices on relocation and aging in place in very old age: a complex and ambivalent matter
Journal name Gerontologist   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0016-9013
Publication date 2013-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/geront/gnt034
Open Access Status
Volume 53
Issue 6
Start page 919
End page 927
Total pages 9
Place of publication Cary, NC, United States
Publisher Oxford University Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Purpose: This cross-national qualitative study explores how very old people reflect upon relocation and aging in place.

Design and Methods: Swedish and German data are utilized in this study. About 80 community-living participants, 80–89 years of age, were interviewed with open-ended questions at home by trained interviewers. The interviews were analyzed by using conventional qualitative content analyses.

Results: Reasoning about relocation or aging in place in very old age is a complex and ambivalent matter. A variety of reflections, emotions, and behaviors for and against a move are revealed. Reasons to move reflect the urge to maintain independence, to stay in control, and to avoid loneliness. This is mainly expressed reactively. Reasons not to move reflect a strong attachment to the home and neighborhood. Moreover, reasons not to move reflect practical aspect such as economy and strain, as well as fear of losing continuity of habits and routines.

Implications: There is a need for society to develop counseling systems to meet very old people’s ambivalence and practical considerations to move or not to move. Thus, the ambivalence to stay put or to relocate needs to be further explored from an applied perspective by also taking nonmovers into account.
Keyword Move
Residential relocation
Housing options
Qualitative research
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work Publications
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