ERIC Number: ED312536
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: N/A
Understanding Senior Housing: An American Association of Retired Persons Survey of Consumers' Preferences, Concerns, and Needs.
American Association of Retired Persons, Washington, DC.
Aging and housing professionals must reexamine housing policy and practices, and reshape housing opportunities for older persons without undermining their preferences and values. A nationwide survey of 1,500 adults age 60 and older was conducted to determine their housing needs, concerns, and preferences. The results revealed that 70% of respondents lived in single family houses and that 65% owned their homes outright. Ten percent lived in either a retirement community or a senior citizen building. Fifty-six percent lived with a spouse, 33% lived alone, and 11% lived with another relative. Women were more than twice as likely as men to live alone, with 78% of women over age 80 living alone. Forty-six percent of respondents lived in their current residence for over 20 years; 66% lived in their current communities for over 20 years. Most respondents reported being very satisfied with their housing situations. They expressed concern about losing their independence. Respondents reported receiving help with household tasks, most commonly with outdoor maintenance, heavy housework, and home maintenance. Family members were the most likely to help with maintenance. Minorities, persons with serious health limitations, persons who live alone (especially women), and mobile home residents expressed the most concern and dissatisfaction with their housing situations. (NB)
Descriptors: Age Differences, Housing, Housing Needs, Older Adults, Racial Differences, Sex Differences, Surveys
American Association of Retired Persons, 1909 K Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20049 (Free).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Retired Persons, Washington, DC.