This chapter begins by describing two particular forms of housing for later life that have become extremely popular — retirement villages and extra care housing. As growing numbers of older people come to an end of full-time employment and look forward to many years of retirement, sometimes called the ‘third age’, they are increasingly seeing the quality and location of their housing as central to their quality of life and to their aspirations. It notes that there is plenty of evidence suggesting that older people are indeed looking for a sense of community. It features findings from three projects which involve disciplines such as social gerontology, sociology, environmental psychology, and community studies.
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