This Housing LIN Viewpoint document by Nicholas Falk of URBED (a not-for-profit research and consultancy group) looks into how towns and cities can be re-designed to meet the needs of an ageing population.
The underlying premise is that older people should be seen as a resource to be harnessed rather than a set of problems or clients for over-stretched public services. Six sections cover:
- How values and demands are changing.
- The economics of isolation (and social capital).
- The implications for revitalising town centres.
- The potential for older people to catalyse the development of sustainable communities.
- Designing for the third age.
- Where’s the money?
Falk, N. (2013). Lifelong neighbourhoods: how older people can add value. Housing LIN Viewpoint No.49. London: Housing Learning and Improvement Network (LIN), September 2013.
Life Course Approach to Promoting Positive Ageing (Beth Johnson Foundation)
Readers may also be interested in a related document on ageing, life-course transitions and supporting the ageing population, from the Beth Johnson Foundation. The report: “A life course approach to promoting positive ageing” draws on the Beth Johnson Foundation’s positive ageing work, which encourages seeing ageing as an integral part of the life course and supports quality of life in later age.
Wealleans, L. (2013). A life course approach to promoting positive ageing. Stoke-on-Trent: Beth Johnson Foundation, July 2013.