Category Archives: Housing and community environment

Another housing option – Divide and Share

Judith Davey 20/04/2018 Making better use of existing housing could be another way to the solution of our “housing crisis”. For a long time there have been suggestions, especially by public sector landlords, that older people should move out of … Continue reading

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Ageing in place – design for wellbeing

Judith Davey 6/04/2018 I have written quite a bit about housing in my blogs – using home equity to supplement retirement incomes; calling for a wider range of housing choices and the implications of more older people renting. But I … Continue reading

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More Older People will be renters – A trend we cannot ignore

Judith Davey 21/02/2018 In December 2015 I critiqued a report entitled Homeless Baby Boomers. Since then housing problems have come to the fore and hardly a day goes by without a headline relating to the “housing crisis”. Often it is … Continue reading

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Is age-friendliness for everyone? Or just for older people?

Judith Davey 21/04/2017 “towards a society for all ages” This was the slogan for the United Nations’ International Year of Older Persons in 1999. But if you google anything about the year, not to mention “age-friendliness,” the photos you see … Continue reading

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NORCs- what are they and how can they be useful?

Judith Davey 07/04/17 I tell people that I live in a NORC, but it looks just like a high-rise apartment building. It might not strictly fit the definition of a NORC, but it is a good conversation-opener. A naturally occurring … Continue reading

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A Wider Range of Housing Choices needed for Older People- Examples from overseas

Judith Davey 24/3/17 Housing plays a variety of roles in the lives and wellbeing of older people. Inadequate living conditions lead to increased stress levels, social isolation, poor health and a higher risk of illness and injury.  Older people need … Continue reading

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Age friendliness in action – practical assistance for older people in New York City

Judith Davey 27/2/17 It is hard to imagine that any city in New Zealand could learn from New York, USA. Its population is over 20 million, five times that of the whole of this country. But it provides some great … Continue reading

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