ERIC Number: EJ903794
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
Surveying Older Adults' Opinions on Housing: Recommendations for Policy
Wagner, Shannon L.; Shubair, Mamdouh M.; Michalos, Alex C.
Social Indicators Research, v99 n3 p405-412 Dec 2010
There is paucity of research investigating opinions and attitudes of seniors 55 years of age and older in relation to housing accommodation and services sensitive to the needs of the senior population. We describe the results of a cross-sectional survey soliciting opinions and attitudes of seniors with respect to a variety of housing issues including home ownership and home modifications. The objectives of the survey were to improve our understanding of older adults' views and concerns about housing, and to collect information intended to provide policy makers with recommendations regarding housing services, improved access, and safety for older adults as indicated by the individual residents. Most respondents indicated a strong desire to stay and age in their own homes, and continue owning their homes. There was general agreement among those surveyed that other forms of accommodations such as seniors' housing, congregate homes, small self-contained houses placed on the same lot as the home of a close family member, and residential care facilities were alternative housing options that are less preferred. Winter weather conditions in northern British Columbia were reported to be an important impediment for safety, community participation, and access to facilities and services. Policy implications related to housing tenure and housing conditions as important social determinants of health for seniors are discussed.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Residential Care, Weather, Safety, Ownership, Opinions, Community Involvement, Housing, Older Adults, Social Indicators, Surveys, Public Policy, Policy Analysis, Quality of Life, Improvement, Attitudes, Case Studies
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Identifiers - Location: Canada