Conference paper

Ageing and its implications for housing and urban development: South Australia

30 Nov 2007

Declining fertility, increasing life expectancy and the effect of the ‘baby boomer’ generation moving into older age groups has contributed to an increase in the proportion of the population aged 65 years and over. This trend will continue over years, to such an extent, that the proportion of the population aged 65 years and over will grow, from the current 13% to 25% by 2051. Demographic changes and urban policies/governance issues are major concerns in cities, and it is expected to have a significant impact on cities in the future. The changing age profile, along with lifestyle and work pattern changes, will effect the future housing arrangements and urban development.

The aim of this paper is to examine the consequences of ageing on urban development and housing in South Australia. The research found that current and future housing requirements of older South Australians, varies within and between some groups/cohorts and this differentiation was clearly related to where people live, their age, socio-economic status and the assets they hold. ‘Ageing in situ’ or ‘ageing in place’, is seen as a more preferred option by the aged people. There is a strong need to offer more support for ageing in place and options for appropriate and affordable accommodation in suitable locations with a right house design.

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