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Housing transitions through the life courseAspirations, needs and policy$
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Andrew Beer

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847424280

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847424280.001.0001

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Housing transitions in later life

Housing transitions in later life

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(p.93) Six Housing transitions in later life
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Housing transitions through the life course
Author(s):

Andrew Beer

Debbie Faulkner

Chris Paris

Terry Clower

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847424280.003.0006

This chapter reviews the housing circumstances and housing transition patterns of the current older population and of the baby boomers who are about to be classified as older persons. Although the older population was previously considered as a reasonably homogeneous group with limited demands, the movement of the baby boomers is causing a reorientation of the housing transitions of older people. This signifies that unlike previous generations, a significant proportion of this group has the means to engage in consumer-led retirement lifestyles which involve greater mobility and a willingness to change housing to meet preferences.

Keywords:   housing circumstances, housing transition patterns, older generation, baby boomers, retirement lifestyles, mobility

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