A Qualitative Study of the Effects of Residential Mobility on the Quality of Life Among the Elderly

  • Raúl Lardiés Bosque Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales (CCHS)
Keywords: residential mobility, old population, migration, quality of life, dimensions, Madrid

Abstract

Improving the quality of life of the elderly has become a challenge for service providers and an academic subject of great interest for researchers. Moreover, as the life span is increasing due to better economic and social conditions the elderly are becoming increasingly mobile in relation to their living arrangements (i.e. their residence). However, few studies have investigated how increased mobility contributes to this improvement in different aspects of the lives of the elderly from the global approach of the quality of life. The aim of this contribution is to better understand the influence of residential mobility in various dimensions of their life, noting how living conditions have been modified and are affecting the quality of life. A qualitative method was used in this study, applying thematic analysis. Twenty in-depth interviews concerning mobility were conducted with people over the age of 60 years moving from Madrid to other areas of Spain. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0802227

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Author Biography

Raúl Lardiés Bosque, Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales (CCHS)
Dr. Raúl LARDIÉS BOSQUE ha sido research assistant en el King's College London (Universidad de Londres) y profesor de Geografía en la Universidad de Zaragoza. Actualmente es investigador en el Instituto de Economía, Geografía y Demografía del Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), en Madrid. Su trabajo se ha desarrollado en el campo de las migraciones, y desde hace un tiempo investiga cuestiones relacionadas con el envejecimiento, la movilidad residencial y la calidad de vida de la población mayor. En particular, está interesado en los múltiples aspectos que rodean las diversas formas de movilidad residencial que actualmente la población mayor emprende a escala nacional e internacional.
Published
2008-05-31
Section
Single Contributions