Relocation

Relocation

LASA filenames:
LASA014
LASA015
LASA601 / LASA701

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 (see LASA014). After a move, housing characteristics were reassessed. N.B. Because new respondents at waves 2B and 3B were not interviewed before, it was asked when the respondent had moved to the current residence.

At each observation, respondents were also asked if they had intentions to move in the near future (see LASA015).

At the G observation (LASA015), 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).

Questionnaires

LASAB014 / LASAC014 / LASAD014 / LASAE014 / LAS2B014 / LASAF014 / LASAG014 / LASAH014 / LAS3B014 / LASAI014 / LASAJ014 (main interview, in Dutch);
LASAB015 / LASAC015 / LASAD015 / LASAE015 / LAS2B015 / LASAF015 / LASAG015 / LASAH015 / LAS3B015 / LASAI015 / LASAJ015 (main interview, in Dutch)
tmochhi/tyechhi in LASAC601,
tpmochh/tpyechh in LASAD601 / LASAE601 / LASAF601 / LASAG601,
tpmoved/tpmochh/tpyechh in LASAH601, LASAI601 / LASAJ601 (telephone interview with PROXY, in Dutch);
trmochh/tryechh in LASAD701 / LASAE701 / LASAF701 / LASAG701,
trmoved/trmochh/tryechh in LASAH701 / LASAI701 / LASAJ701 (telephone interview with RESP, in Dutch)

in C also with respondent

Variable Information

LASAB014 / LASAC014 / LASAD014 / LASAE014 / LAS2B014 / LASAF014 / LASAG014 / LASAH014 / LAS3B014 / LASMB014 / LASAI014 / LASAJ014
(pdf);
LASAB015 / LASAC015 / LASAD015 /LASAE015 / LAS2B015 / LASAF015 / LASAG015 / LASAH015 / LAS3B015 / LASAI015 / LASAJ015
(pdf);
LASAC601 / LASAD601 / LASAE601 / LASAF601 / LASAG601 / LASAH601 / LASAI601 / LASAJ601
(pdf);
LASAD701 / LASAE701 / LASAF701 / LASAG701 / LASAH701 / LASAI701 / LASAJ701
(pdf)

Availability of information per wave
¹

 BCDE
2B*
FGH

3B*
MB*IJK*
014, 701/601
Relocation
Ma
-
-
Ma
Tr
Tp
Ma
Tr
Tp
Ma
Tr
Tp
Ma
-
-
Ma
Tr
Tp
Ma
Tr
Tp
Ma
Tr
Tp
Ma
-
-
Ma
-
-
Ma
Tr
Tp
Ma
Tr
Tp
015
Intention to move
MaMaMaMaMa-------
015
Second home
------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;
K=future wave 2021-2022

Ma=data collected in main interview;
Tp= collected in telephone interview with proxy;
Tr=data collected in telephone interview with respondent

Previous 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.


Date of last update: February, 2015