From ‘special needs’ to ‘lifestyle choices’: articulating the demand for ‘third age’ housing

Julienne Hanson

in Inclusive housing in an ageing society

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2001 | ISBN: 9781861342638
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302582 | DOI:
From ‘special needs’ to ‘lifestyle choices’: articulating the demand for ‘third age’ housing

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This chapter illustrates the demand for housing among older people and the extent to which living environments have been created which predispose to disablement anyone less than fully fit and agile. It argues that pressures in the UK may already be precipitating a fundamental shift in how housing and care are conceived, produced, procured, and experienced by older people. The author begins her discussion with how the process of ageing makes one vulnerable to impairment and to medical or architectural disability. The degree to which the built environment disadvantages its users and the strategies that are employed to counter architectural disability are also discussed.

Keywords: housing; UK; older people; architectural disability; ageing; impairment

Chapter.  9391 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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