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Old, yet young: travel-activity patterns among new pensioners in Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History.
Kulturgeografiska Institutionen, Göteborg.
2011 (English)In: Social Space, ISSN 2084-1558, no 1, 1-21 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Many countries are facing population aging as a consequence of decreased fertility, lower mortality rates and increased longevity. Successful aging is characterised by good health at high ages with no or very few disabilities, personal contentedness, active participation in society and in meaningful activities. A significant portion of the total number of trips is carried out by the retired people aged 65 or older, and the share of trips carried out by this group is expected to increase.  In this article the daily travel and activities of elderly people in Sweden are scrutinised recent retired, young pensioners (65-75 years old) and older pensioners (aged 76-84 years) are compared. Based on a questionnaire directed to 2,544 Swedish persons 65-84 years old and answered by 1503 pensioners, daily mobility and travel are analysed in the context of health, mobility resources and socio-spatial circumstances. Although the retirees are a heterogeneous group in which health, personal mobility resources, preferences, etc. vary between individuals and give different preconditions for daily spatial mobility, chronological age can be relevant as a conceptualisation of age from a policy and decision-making perspective.

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2011. no 1, 1-21 p.
Keyword [en]
mobility, Sweden, elderly, pensioners, retirees, questionnaire.
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-53304OAI: diva2:511230
Available from: 2012-03-20 Created: 2012-03-20 Last updated: 2012-04-12Bibliographically approved

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