Changes in the residential priximity of elderly mothers to their nearest adult child
2004 (Swedish)In: ENHR conference "Housing: Growth and Regeneration": Cambridge, England, 2004Conference paper (Other (popular scientific, debate etc.))
Changes in welfare state in Sweden during the last decades have highlighted the role played by adult children in the care of their aged parents and the living patterns of the respective generations, including the physical distance between their places of residence. The study utilised a database comprising Sweden's total population. The calculations are based upon a population of nearly 400,000 women who were age 65 or older in 1990 and their nearest residing adult child. A comparison was made to their respective places of residence in 2000. The proximity between the older generation and at least one of their adult children is quite high - as many as 75% of the mothers live within 15 kilometres of their nearest child. The panel study showed that quit a bit of moving occurred during the 10 year period - only 40% of the cases lived within the same distance at the beginning and at the end. But there was a contrasting pattern: those living very close (less than 1,5 kilometres) moved further away while those living further away, moved closer. Although the mothers and the children moved more or less equally as often, the mothers tended to move closer while the children moved further away. The proportion of mothers who were involved in a change of proximity increased a) with age, b) with their change in civil status, and c) with the number of children.
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IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-71759OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-71759DiVA: diva2:99670