Growing older: Where do you want to live?

An older man and woman are walking away from the camera down a street. They are wearing backpacks and holding hands. Where do you want to live when you grow older?Where do we want to live when we get older? The research tells us that most of us want to live where we are living now. If not in the same dwelling, then something similar in the same location. Basically, we want to keep our sense of belonging in the neighbourhood. We want familiar things around us – the things that make us feel supported. They matter more as we get older.

Retirement villages make up about 5 to 6 per cent of homes for people aged over 65 years. There is no indication that this will change in the future. 

Architect Guy Luscombe asks Where do you want to live when you grow older?  His article in ArchitectureAU summarises the situation which is a prelude to further articles. Architecture for ageing is broader than retirement villages. It’s about age-friendly environments and supportive infrastructure. Growing older is more than needing good home design. There’s finances, health, social interaction, and civic involvement. The articles will be released on line in the near future. 

Guy Luscombe is interested in how age-friendliness can be embedded into design to make it ‘normal’. With population ageing and more people staying put in later life, this is a now issue. Yes, the longevity revolution is already happening. 

Most jurisdictions understand we have to do something now. Hence the upcoming changes to the National Construction Code for basic access features in all new homes. By 2050 it’s expected that 50% of homes will be more suitable for ageing at home.

You can access two of Luscombe’s previous contributions on this website. 

Preferences of older people in residential design

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