Housing Characteristics

LASA014 
LASA015

Contact: Fleur Thomese

Background
Housing is central in the daily lives of most older adults. It is conditional to mobility and socio-economic opportunities. Characteristics such as the type of housing or the availability of special adjustments are also relevant to residential relocation. Relocation and temporary migration (second homes) in turn may be of importance for the personal network and exchange of support. 

Information on relocation can be found here.

Information on neighborhood characteristics can be found here.

Measurement instruments
Independent housing was observed by the interviewer, accessibility was asked to the respondent if the interviewer could not observe it. These assessments were only repeated if the respondent had moved. All other housing characteristics were assessed through self-reports by the respondent.

Questionnaires and Variable Information
LASAB014 / LASAC014 / LASAD014 /LASAE014 / LAS2B014 / LASAF014 / LASAG014 /LASAH014;
LASAB015 / LASAC015 / LASAD015 /LASAE015 / LAS2B015 / LASAF015 / LASAG015 /LASAH015
(pdf)

Availability of information per wave1:

 

B

C

D

E


2B*

F

G

H



3B*

MB*

I*

014
Housing characteristics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Independent housing

Ma

Ma

Ma

Ma

Ma

Ma

Ma

Ma

 

 

 

Accessibility

Ma

Ma

Ma

Ma

Ma

Ma

Ma

Ma

 

 

 

Type of housing

Ma

Ma

Ma

Ma

Ma

Ma

Ma

Ma

 

 

 

Adaptations in the house

Ma

Ma

Ma

Ma

Ma

Ma

Ma

Ma

 

 

 

Satisfaction

Ma

Ma

Ma

Ma

Ma

Ma

Ma

Ma

 

 

 

015
Years in neighbourhood

Ma

Ma

Ma

Ma

Ma

Ma

Ma

Ma

 

 

 

015**
Housing tenure

Ma

Ma

Ma

Ma

Ma

Ma

Ma

Ma

     

015
Mortgage

Ma

Ma

Ma

Ma

Ma

Ma

Ma

Ma

     

 1 More information about the LASA data collection waves is available here.

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

Ma=data collected in main interview

** Housing tenure  (015)
One question assessed whether the respondent house owner, tenant, subtenant, co-resident of the house, or that the respondent lived there for free. If the house was owned, a second question was asked whether or not the house had a mortgage. Answers were yes or no.

Use in LASA
Housing characteristics have been related to the quality of life of frail older persons. (Boer et al., 2011) Thomese and Broese van Groenou  (2006) studied the adjustments people made to their social and physical environments after health decline.

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). Moving to an institutional setting was associated with reduced loneliness in frail older persons (Bloem & van Tilburg, 2006).

References

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Boer, A. de, Oudijk, D. & Broese Van Groenou, M.I. (2011a). Housing and care. In C. van Campen (Ed.), Frail older persons in the Netherlands (pp. 143-158). The Hague: Netherlands Institute for Social Research.
  4. Boer, A. de, Ouddijk, D. & Broese Van Groenou, M.I. (2011a). Wonen en zorg. In Kwetsbare ouderen (pp. 149-164). Den Haag: Sociaal en Cultureel Planbureau. (pdf)
  5. 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.