Within five years, a quarter of the English population will be aged over 60. Yet new housing is being built with little regard to the needs of our ageing population.
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has launched a call for urgent action to tackle the severe lack of age-friendly housing.
RIBA’s report, A home for the ages: Planning for the future through age-friendly design, emphasises the importance of well-designed, purpose built new homes that enable people to play a more active role in their communities as they age.
The report includes new data from Centre for Towns and ComRes for RIBA revealing:
- Populations in towns and villages all over the country, inland and coastal, have aged significantly in the last 40 years – a trend that is set to continue;
- The cost to the NHS of inappropriate housing for people over-55 is projected to reach £1billion per year by 2041 in first year treatment alone;
- A quarter of over 55s are currently considering moving home but over half feel that the housing options available are inadequate;
- Demand for age-friendly housing outstrips supply.
Age-friendly design brings wide positive impacts for all generations; enabling people to keep socially and economically active for longer and reducing dependence on public services.
Original source: Specification Online