Housing Adjustment in Late Life

Publication type

Conference Paper


Oxford Institute of Ageing


Publication date

June 4, 2009


The presentation surveys the living arrangement of people aged 55 and over and the dynamics of these. It concludes the following:
• Mobility in later life is relatively rare, particularly from mid-60s to mid-80s
• Residential moves respond to events like retirement, spouse’s leaving employment and loss of spouse
• Expectations of better financial situation in year ahead associated with more moves
• When a move is made, there is a tendency toward ‘downsizing’ but not exclusively
• Moves are short-distance, particularly tenants
• Leaving employment (or spouse) generates longer distance moves



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