This summary report presents findings from research carried out by the Housing Executive in June and July 2012 into the future housing aspirations of older people.
The research was carried out on behalf of the Department for Social Development (DSD) and examines the views of those respondents aged between 50 and 70 years old in relation to the suitability of their current housing circumstances and their housing aspirations as they grow older.This specific age group was chosen on the basis that they would be moving into older age (i.e. those aged 50-60 years) or would be requiring housing with a higher degree of support (i.e. those aged 60-70 years).
This research was commissioned by the Housing Executive and the Department for Social Development following a research report by Professor Chris Paris into the ‘Future Housing and Support Needs of Older People in Northern Ireland’. The report recommended that further researchinto housing aspirations of older people be carried out to enable better strategic planning for Northern Ireland’s aging population.