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Household attributes and the future demand for retirement housing

Ball, M. and Nanda, A., (2012) Household attributes and the future demand for retirement housing. Working Papers in Real Estate & Planning. 02/12. Working Paper. University of Reading, Reading. pp26.

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Ageing populations provoke the question of how much bespoke housing should be provided for the elderly. Older people are generally reluctant to move but as they age health circumstances may encourage moves into specialised accommodation. This paper reports an exercise in estimating the future demand for specialised independent living housing and the extent to which that demand will be for owner occupied accommodation or renting, using data for England. The approach is based on a behavioral model related to health and housing issues. The forecasts indicate a substantial increase in demand, growing at a faster rate than the population as a whole. If supply does not rise to meet these demands, serious problems arise in the quality of life of, and cost of caring for, older people; with implications for health care and social services.

Item Type:Report (Working Paper)
Divisions:Henley Business School > Real Estate and Planning
ID Code:26947
Uncontrolled Keywords:Retirement housing, Ageing, Housing tenure, Forecast, Activity constraints
Publisher:University of Reading
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