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Consequences of demographic changes and new concepts of life for the elderly of the spatial structures of metropolitan regions, for instance Munich

Consequences of demographic changes and new concepts of life for the elderly of the spatial structures of metropolitan regions, for instance Munich
Contact:

Prof. Dr. Caroline Kramer
Prof. Dr. Camella Pfaffenbach

Funding:

German Research Foundation

Startdate:

2006

Enddate:

2007

The German society and specially its cities remain in a major phase of demographic changes which are summarized in geographical discussions, most notably under the keywords: Negative growth and Aging. The city of Munich is also afflicted under the current conditions of aging of populace.Little is known hitherto regarding the lifestyle and living standards of future older generations. It is nonetheless assumed that they will markedly differ from the present older generation, since through educational expansion, emancipation & participation, other standards & potentialities are available to them. Due to immigration of once young working population in the 70s and 80s, a particularly great cohort of these future “other” elderly people are encountered in the city of Munich. Therefore the new developments here are discernible to a significant extent than in other cities of Germany. In the aforementioned project, the concept of life of the future older generation (people presently in their 50s) for their retirement (potential migration, residential arrangements), are examined against the background of diverse spatial and social contexts (Housing situations, residential environment, gender, education, social status etc.) and different attitudes to the aging process (Old-age stereotypes) with qualitative interviews and standardized survey. This should reveal a precise picture of the standards of prospective "other" senior generation in a metropolitan region in future.

Publications
Kramer, C. / Pfaffenbach, C.: Rolling Stones statt Kurkonzerte. Die 'Generation 50plus' bevorzugt einen anderen Lebensstil als die heutigen Senioren. (Süddeutsche Zeitung v. 15.11.2006).
Kramer, C./ Pfaffenbach, C.: Alt werden und jung bleiben – Die Region München als Lebensmittelpunkt zukünftiger Senioren? In: Raumforschung und Raumordnung 65.2007, S. 393-406.
Kramer, C./ Pfaffenbach, C.: Lebenskonzepte der Generation 50plus in einer Großstadtregion und ihre Erwartungen an ihr räumliches und soziales Umfeld am Beispiel von München. In: Mitteilungen der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Demographie e.V., 2008/13, S. 13-14.
Kramer, C.: Staying young while growing old – the Munich region as the home of its future senior citizens. 31st International Geographical Congress, August 12th –15th 2009 in Tunis. Abstracts.
Kramer, C./ Pfaffenbach, C.: 'Jetzt brauch' ich keinem mehr zu gefallen, nur noch mir' - Wohnwünsche, Lebensstile und Altersbilder der Generation 50plus in einer Genderperspektive. In: Blättel-Mink, B.; Kramer, C. (Hrsg.) (2009): Frauen ab 50 im Spannungsfeld von individuellen Bedürfnissen und gesellschaftlichen Rahmenbedingungen. Schriften des Heidelberger Instituts für Interdiszi­pli­näre Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung e.V. (HIFI), Band 7, Baden-Baden, S. 19-34.
Pfaffenbach, C.: Der 'zweite demographische Wandel' in Deutschland. Prozesse und Folgen in räumlicher Differenzierung. In: H. Popp u. G. Obermeier (Hrsg.) (2009): Raumstrukturen und aktuelle Entwicklungsprozesse in Deutschland (Bayreuther Kontaktstudium, Band 5). Bayreuth, S. 37-52.
Kramer, C./ Pfaffenbach, C. (2009): Persistence Preferred – on Future Residential (Im)Mobility among the Generation 50plus. In: Erdkunde, Vol. 63, No.2, S. 161-172.