Severe Lack of Age-Friendly Homes

//Severe Lack of Age-Friendly Homes

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.

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Severe lack of age-friendly homes

A Home for the Ages: Planning for the Future with Age-Friendly Design

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Original source: Specification Online 

By |Older People
2019-07-23T15:42:40+00:00 17th July 2019|0 Comments

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Sean Tunnicliffe
Sean is the communications Officer at Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF) and also deals with admin and office management. He enjoys the wide variety of his role which covers things like designing reports and documents, organising meetings, putting together ebulletins, writing blogs, updating the LOPF website and social media and making sure that the office never runs out of milk. He has worked in the third sector since 2001 first with Volition and then LOPF and is the longest serving member of the Forum Central team. Previous to this Sean had mainly worked in horticulture and also had a spell managing a newsagent shop.

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