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Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging

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Accommodation Downsizing

  • B. H. JuddEmail author
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DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69892-2_958-1
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Synonyms

Definition

A reduction in housing consumption (Banks et al. 2010) that “encompasses a decrease in dwelling size (i.e., number of rooms, bedrooms or spatial dimensions), and/or garden/yard area, and or monetary value” (Judd et al. 2014365体育网站, p. 24). For practical purposes a reduction in number of rooms or bedrooms is often used as a proxy.

Overview

Aging in place policies are a common response of governments to population aging (See “Aging in Place”). Typically, this involves increasing aged care services delivered to the home and home modifications to improve accessibility, thereby reducing (or postponing) transitions to more costly institutional aged care (See “Home Modifications”). This aligns with the desire of many older people to remain in their family homes for as long as possible (Venti and Wise 1990; Olsberg and Winters 2005; Croucher 2008; Judd et al. 2010; Porteus 2011; Fernald 2014; James 2016a)...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.City Futures Research CentreUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia

Section editors and affiliations

  • Debbie Faulkner
    • 1
  1. 1.The University of AdelaideCentre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning, School of Social SciencesAdelaideAustralia