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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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Retirement communities in Britain: a ‘third way’ for the third age?

Retirement communities in Britain: a ‘third way’ for the third age?

(p.189) Nine Retirement communities in Britain: a ‘third way’ for the third age?
Inclusive housing in an ageing society

Judith Phillips

Miriam Bernard

Simon Biggs

Paul Kingston

Policy Press

Until recently, the idea of retirement communities has been slow to gather momentum in Britain compared to the United States and parts of Europe, but in the current policy context this might be expected to change. Retirement communities are promoted as new living arrangements, which concentrate on an empowering, anti-institutional, safe environment, and which can significantly improve the quality of life of older people. This chapter provides a summary on the historical growth of retirement communities in the US and Europe, examines literature on the logic and critique of such provision and discusses whether such communities do herald the development of new lifestyles or whether they are simply a further form of institutional care.

Keywords:   retirement communities, Britain, United States, Europe, institutional care, older people

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