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No place like home? Housing inequality in later life

Sue Adams

in Unequal ageing

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9781847424129
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304098 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847424129.003.0004
No place like home? Housing inequality in later life

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The older population is becoming increasingly diverse. Despite such significant demographic trends, the majority of regional housing strategies and regional spatial strategies barely mention older people, age inequality or age-related social trends. Housing expenditure continues to be focused on new-build family housing or the so-called ‘economically active’ younger age groups, and all too often regeneration is youth-focused, with older people ignored or marginalized. The homes being built do not address population ageing. Another problem encountered is housing inequalities between different sectors of the older population. As a response, emerging and necessary policy measures such as the Lifetime Homes Standards and the concept of the ‘lifetime neighbourhood’ was implemented.

Keywords: older population; lifetime neighbourhood; housing strategies; housing inequalities; Lifetime Homes Standard

Chapter.  7917 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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