Policy Press

Inclusive housing in an ageing society

Innovative approaches

Edited by Sheila Peace and Caroline Holland


Oct 24, 2001

Page count

280 pages




216 x 138 mm


Policy Press
Inclusive housing in an ageing society

The housing problems of older people in our society are highly topical because of the growing number of retired people in the population and, especially, the yet-to-come increasing number of 'very old' people. Government policies on the care of older people have been forthcoming from Whitehall, but the issue of housing is just beginning to be seriously addressed.

This book represents a first attempt at bringing together people from the worlds of architecture, social science and housing studies to look at the future of living environments for an ageing society. Projecting thinking into the future, it asks critical questions and attempts to provide some of the answers. It uniquely moves beyond the issues of accommodation and care to look at the wider picture of how housing can reflect the social inclusion of people as they age.

Inclusive housing in an ageing society will appeal to a wide audience - housing, health and social care workers including: housing officers, architects, planners and designers, community regeneration workers, care managers, social workers and social care assistants, registered managers and housing providers, health improvement staff and, of course, current and future generations of older people.

"... an informative and well-constructed account of many of the key issues. This is a highly useful and accessible book, and will be of considerable interest to policy makers, practitioners and students." Ageing & Society

"... a very useful set of papers ... recommended to policy makers, practitioners and students." Journal of Social Policy

"... an interesting addition to the library of anyone interested in the misfit between current housing provision and a rapidly ageing population." SPA News

"... an impressive overview and discussion of central concepts and ongoing discussions in this field." Housing Studies

"... excellent text ... deserves to be read by activists in pensioner forums, by housing and social services officers, and carers alike. Indeed this book should be read by anyone who has an interest in how we should be housing our older people in the coming century." Roof

"... essential reading for social policy, health care and housing studies students. It should also be on the 'must have' list for practitioners and policy makers whose work increasingly takes them into the inter-face between health, housing and social care." Moyra Riseborough, Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham

Sheila M. Peace has been a Senior Lecturer in the School of Health and Social Welfare at the Open University since 1990, prior to which she was a Senior Research Officer and founder member of the Centre for Environmental and Social Studies in Ageing at the University of North London. She has a long record of research in the area of environmental well-being in later life especially within residential care.

Caroline Holland is a Research Fellow in the School of Health and Social Welfare at the Open University having previously worked in housing with local authorities and Registered Social Landlords. She has recently researched housing histories and is currently focusing on the domestic environment in later life.

Contents: Housing an ageing society Sheila M. Peace and Caroline Holland;

Part One: Policy and technology debates: From 'special needs' to 'lifestyle choices': articulating the demand for 'third age' housing Julienne Hanson; Lifetime homes Mary Kelly; The politics of accessible housing in the UK Jo Milner and Ruth Madigan; The implications of smart home technologies Malcolm J. Fisk; Dementia and technology Mary Marshall;

Part Two: New lives for old?: Integrated segregation? Issues from a range of housing/care environments Brian McGrail, John Percival and Kate Foster; Older people's Co-Housing Communities Maria Brenton; Retirement communities in Britain: a 'third way' for the third age? Judith Phillips, Miriam Bernard, Simon Biggs and Paul Kingston; Shaping everyday life: beyond design Leonie Kellaher; Inclusive housing Caroline Holland and Sheila M. Peace.

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