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Downsizing: Motivations, Processes and Outcomes for Older Australians

7th Australasian Housing Researchers’ Conference

Author: Judd, B., Bridge, C., Easthope, H., Liu, E. Y.
Type: Conference Proceedings


It is often assumed in housing and planning policy that there is a need for older people to vacate their larger family homes and downsize into smaller, more appropriately designed dwellings. However existing research suggests that most older people are satisfied with the amount of space in their seemingly ‘under-utilised’ homes and prefer to age in place with support services and, if necessary, home modifications. To what extent this is because of financial and other barriers to moving/downsizing is less clear. Based on a recent AHURI research project, this paper explores the extent, motivations, processes and outcomes of downsizing via a national survey of 2,761 older residents and 60 in-depth interviews in three states (NSW, Vic, SA) and the implications of such findings for housing and planning policy.

Further Details

Author: Rowley, S., Ong, R., Markkanen, S.
Publish Dates: 2013/12/04/
Publish Location: Fremantle, Western Australia
Publisher: Curtin Business School, Curtin University
ISBN/ISSN: 978-0-646-90922-6
Proceedings Title: 7th Australasian Housing Researchers’ Conference: Refereed Proceedings
Access Date: 2013/02/06/
Keywords: AgeingHousingDownsizing
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