Relocation


LASA014 
LASA015

Contact: Fleur Thomese

Background
Residential relocation and temporary migration are relatively rare, but important life events in later life (Litwak & Longine, 1987; Warnes et al., 2004). They may be subject to cohort change, as opportunities and preferences of successive cohorts differ. The relocation itself may be caused by important changes in later life, such as retirement, widowhood or health decline.

Information on housing can be found here.

Information on neighborhood characteristics can be found here.

Measurement instruments
At each subsequent wave after the first interview, the interviewer asked whether the respondent had moved since the last interview. If the answer was affirmative, a question was asked in which month and year the move took place (014). After a move, housing characteristics were reassessed.

At each observation, respondents were also asked if they had intentions to move in the near future.

At the G observation, three questions were included on temporary residence. First, respondents were asked if the spent a large part of the past or current year at the same destination. This could be a rented or owned second residence, a caravan or large tent, a oat, a home of other people, or  different destination. If respondents had such a destination, they were asked where it was (within the region where the respondent lived; within the Netherlands; within Europe; or outside Europe), and how much time they spent there (1-2 months; 3-4 months; half a year; most of the year).

 Availability of information per wave1:

 

B

C

D

E

2B

F

G

H


3B
*

MB*

I*

Intention to move

Ma

Ma

Ma

Ma

Ma

           

Relocation

Ma

Ma

Ma

Ma

 

Ma

Ma

Ma

 

 

 

Second home

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ma

 

 

 

 

 1 More information about the LASA data collection waves is available on:
http://www.lasa-vu.nl/data/lasa/sampleLASAdatacollection.html

*  2B=baseline second cohort;
    3B=baseline third cohort;
    MB=migrants: baseline first cohort (Under Construction);
    I=Under Construction

Ma=data collected in main interview

Use in LASA
To assess antecedents of residential relocation objective characteristics of the housing at departure and destination were used, which included the type of housing, ownership, and adaptions in the house (Bloem, Van Tilburg & Thomése, 2008). Consequently, movers could be distinguished from non-movers according to the type of move they had made. Effects of moving on role networks (Bloem, Van Tilburg & Thomese, 2008) and loneliness (Bloem & Van Tilburg, 2006) have also been studied, as have effects of moving on starting new relationships with neighbors (Bloem, Van Tilburg & Thomese, 2013). Thomese and Broese van Groenou  (2006) studied the adjustments people made to their social and physical environments after health decline, including moving to an institution.

Intention to move and second homes have not yet been used in published research.

References

  1. Bloem, B.A., Van Tilburg, T.G., Thomése, G.C.F. (2013). Starting relationships with neighbors after a move later in life: An exploratory study. Journal of Housing for the Elderly, 27, 28-47.
  2. Bloem, B.A., Van Tilburg, T.G., Thomése, G.C.F. (2008). Changes in older Dutch adults' role networks after moving. Personal Relationships, 15, 465-478.
  3. Bloem, B.A., Van Tilburg, T.G., Thomése, G.C.F. (2008). Residential mobility in older Dutch adults: Influence of later life events. International Journal of Ageing and Later Life, 1, 3, 21-44.
  4. Bloem, B.A., Van Tilburg, T.G. (2006). Less lonely after moving? In: Rooilijn (Tijdschrift voor Wetenschap en Beleid in de Ruimtelijke Ordening. Wonen en Zorg (no. 5, pp. 221-226). Assen: Van Gorcum.
  5. Litwak, E. & Longino, C.F. (1987). Migration Patterns Among the Elderly: A Developmental PerspectiveThe Gerontologist ,27, 266-272 doi:10.1093/geront/27.3.266
  6. Thomése, G.C.F., Broese van Groenou, M.I. (2006). Adaptive strategies after health decline in later life: increasing the person-environment fit by adjusting the social and physical environment. European Journal of Ageing, 3, 169-177.
  7. Warnes, A.M., Friedrich, K., Kellaher, L.. &Torres, S. (2004). The diversity and welfare of older migrants in Europe. Ageing and Society, 24, 307-326. doi:10.1017/S0144686X04002296.