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Title: Retirement migration, the other story : the lived experiences of vulnerable, older British migrants in Spain
Author: Hall, K.
Awarding Body: Nottingham Trent University
Current Institution: Nottingham Trent University
Date of Award: 2011
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Over the last few decades, Spain has become a popular retirement destination for British nationals. Most retire abroad when they are healthy; however, happy and fulfilling retired lives in Spain can abruptly change when a person's resources (bodily, economic and social) for independent living diminish. Therefore, the onset of old age can bring about severe vulnerability and the need for additional support becomes vital. This study looks at the lived experiences of vulnerable, older members of the British community as they age in Spain, focusing on those who are in serious need of help and support. It examines the nature of difficulties faced, as well as the networks and services that support these individuals. This thesis is a product of collaboration between academics and Age Concern in the UK and Spain. Through a survey of enquiries to Age Concern España and narrative interviews with vulnerable, older British households in Spain, the research examined the challenges and crises faced as a result of ageing, which tend to be centred on a decline in health, the need for care, bereavement and insufficient financial resources. These are common difficulties faced by many older people; however, this thesis looks at these challenges within the context of living in Spain where language, culture and legal barriers restrict access to support. Vulnerability largely arose due to the limited availability of and access to health/care services, as well as financial support in Spain. However, the ability to cope with vulnerability or a crisis also depended on the availability of social networks for support. The Grid and Group theoretical framework was utilised to examine the ways in which vulnerable, older British people in Spain respond to challenges or crises by drawing upon their social networks for support. This is the first time the framework has been used to look at vulnerability and support in old age. The findings of this study have been used to promote the needs of vulnerable older British people in Spain through a series of policy recommendations, as well as recommendations for good practice utilised by Age Concern España and other voluntary organisations in Spain.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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