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An international perspective on retirement villages

Simon Evans

in Community and ageing

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9781847420718
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301905 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847420718.003.0005
An international perspective on retirement villages

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This chapter discusses the development of housing and care options for older people outside the UK. It explores how retirement ‘communities’ first appeared in Europe as schemes with religious affiliations to shelter and care for the aged and then spread to the US, where about 2,000 of them had been built by 2001. It also describes how they have become established as a popular form of retirement housing in Australia and New Zealand and are now appearing in many other parts of the world.

Keywords: housing; care options; older people; retirement villages; Europe; US; Australia; New Zealand

Chapter.  5057 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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