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Sheila Peace and Caroline Holland

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9781861342638

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861342638.001.0001

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

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

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Inclusive housing in an ageing society
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Julienne Hanson

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861342638.003.0002

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

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