Negotiating the challenges of ageing as a British migrant in Spain

Ahmed, A ORCID: 2016, 'Negotiating the challenges of ageing as a British migrant in Spain' , GeroPsych, 29 (2) , pp. 105-114.

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There has been a proliferation of research on lifestyle migration, including studies of older people who move from Northern to Southern European countries in retirement. This body of research has generally focused on ‘third age’ retirees who exercise mobility to improve their quality of life and to achieve optimal ageing, and these healthy and active migrants are yet to face the challenges associated with the fourth age. In this paper we focus on how retirees in both the third and fourth ages of life experience and exercise mobility and how some experience the transition from ‘young old’ to ‘old old’ age in Spain. Whilst the third age is characterised by new opportunities and activities, the fourth age is a time of decreasing mobility, dependence and bodily decline. We bring together narrative interview data from two separate studies undertaken with older British people in Spain to examine three main issues: first we uniquely unravel how the experiences and identities of retired migrants change in response to the ageing body; second, we explore the strategies deployed by retired migrants to manage the fourth age; and third, we explicate how lifestyle migration as a theoretical category captures the experiences of migrants in their fourth age. This paper therefore presents an original contribution to knowledge by exploring how lifestyle migrants transition from the third to the fourth age, in particular how they negotiate bodily decline and decreasing mobility. We indicate that ageing represents an important structural context that both enables and restricts opportunities and experiences of mobility.

Item Type: Article
Contributors: Hall, Kelly
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: GeroPsych
Publisher: Hogrefe
ISSN: 1662-9647
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: A Ahmed
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2016 10:19
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 20:52

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