Relocation to ordinary or special housing in very old age: aspects of housing and health

Granbom, Marianne, Löfqvist, Charlotte, Horstmann, Vibeke, Haak, Maria and Iwarsson,Susanne (2014) Relocation to ordinary or special housing in very old age: aspects of housing and health. European Journal of Ageing, 11 1: 55-65. doi:10.1007/s10433-013-0287-3

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Author Granbom, Marianne
Löfqvist, Charlotte
Horstmann, Vibeke
Haak, Maria
Title Relocation to ordinary or special housing in very old age: aspects of housing and health
Journal name European Journal of Ageing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1613-9372
Publication date 2014-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10433-013-0287-3
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 11
Issue 1
Start page 55
End page 65
Total pages 11
Place of publication Heidelberg, Germany
Publisher Springer
Language eng
Abstract Relocation in very old age is considered to be a major life event and a move could be triggered by many different economic, social, health-related, or environmental reasons. Based on the notion of person–environment (P–E) fit as expressed in the Ecological Theory of Ageing, the aim of this prospective study over 4 years was to explore which aspects of housing and health predict relocation to ordinary or special housing among very old people. At baseline, the participants (80–89 years old) lived alone in ordinary housing in Sweden (N = 384). Data collection at home visits included assessments and observations on aspects of objective and perceived housing as well as on aspects of health. After 4 years, 18 % (n = 70) of the participants had moved, either to ordinary housing (n = 24) or to special housing (n = 46). Cox regression models showed dependence in cleaning, perceived functional independence, and living in a one-family house to predict moves to ordinary housing. Dependence in cooking, cognitive deficits, and accessibility problems predicted moves to special housing. In conclusion, aspects of housing and health are related to relocation in very old age, but in different patterns for relocation to ordinary housing and special housing, respectively. This kind of knowledge has practical implications for relocation counselling and societal planning targeting very old people.
Keyword Residential mobility
Activities of daily living
Perceived housing
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Institutional Status Non-UQ

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