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Relocation at older age: Results from the Cognitive Function and Ageing Study

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Yu-Tzu WuORCiD, Professor Matthew Prina, Professor Fiona MatthewsORCiD, Professor Carol Brayne



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© The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Faculty of Public Health.Background Community environment might play an important role in supporting ageing in place. This paper aims to explore relocation at older age and its associations with individual and community level factors. Methods The postcodes of the 2424 people in the year-10 interview of the Cognitive Function and Ageing Study (CFAS) in England were mapped onto Enumeration Districts and linked to their corresponding Townsend deprivation score and the 2011 rural/urban categories. Multilevel logistic regression was conducted to examine the influence of the baseline individual (age, gender, education and social class) and community (rural/urban categories and area deprivation) level factors on relocation over 10 years. Results One-third of people moved residence after the age of 65 years and over. Older age, low education, low social class and living in rural areas at baseline were associated with higher probability of moving later in life. The likelihood of relocation in later life increased from least to most deprived areas (odds ratio: 2.0, 95% confidence interval: 1.4, 2.8). Conclusions Urban/rural contexts and area deprivation are associated with relocation at older age and indicate that community environment may be relevant to ageing in place.

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Author(s): Wu Y-T, Prina AM, Barnes LE, Matthews FE, Brayne C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Public Health

Year: 2015

Volume: 37

Issue: 3

Pages: 480-487

Print publication date: 01/09/2015

Online publication date: 28/04/2015

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

Date deposited: 27/05/2020

ISSN (print): 1741-3842

ISSN (electronic): 1741-3850

Publisher: Oxford University Press


DOI: 10.1093/pubmed/fdv050

PubMed id: 25922369


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Y.-T.W. received a PhD scholarship from Cambridge Trust, University of Cambridge.
F.E.M. and A.M.P. are supported by the Medical Research Council (grant number U105292687 and MR/K021907/1);
Medical Research Council Cognitive Function and Ageing Study (MRC CFAS) was funded by the Department of health and the Medical Research Council (grant number G9901400);