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Conference paper

The population of older people is increasing worldwide, and this demographic change pose challenges for cities and communities around the world. The overall wellbeing of elderly populations can be achieved not only by improving the healthcare facilities but also by proper planning of their housing requirements to support them to age in place as well.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has developed a framework to enable interventions to improve the age-friendliness of a city. However, there is limited knowledge of identifying the determinants of age-friendly housing. This paper discusses the opinion of stakeholders on how age-friendly housing can be created for the older population in Adelaide, South Australia.

Semi-structured interviews were conducted with the experts in the field of ageing and housing. The interviews were analysed using qualitative approaches resulting in preferable recommendations for age-friendly housing. The outcome of the interviews indicates that adaptability, access to services and housing options are the most significant factors followed by design, affordability and sense of community in the housing sector for the wellbeing of the older population. The rest of the factors are safety, sharing spaces, maintenance, privacy, increase in housing infrastructure and sense of stability and security of housing. Among them, sharing spaces, increase in housing infrastructure and sense of stability and security of housing have not been mentioned by WHO in their guidelines for age- friendly cities.

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