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Homes for healthy ageing: Understanding the challenges

With its rapidly ageing population, the failure to provide enough age-friendly homes is fast becoming a further facet to the housing crisis in the UK. To tackle this we need a better understanding of ageing and the challenges it poses to our housing infrastructure. As part of our Future of Housing blog series and to complement CPC’s Housing Innovation Week, Bin Guan, Built Environment Researcher at Connected Places Catapult discusses the challenges we face in providing homes for an increasingly ageing population.

The hidden ‘housing crisis’

It’s already widely believed that there is a ‘housing crisis’ in the UK. However, while the focus is all too often trained on the unmet needs of first-time buyers, the housing demands of an increasingly ageing population are all too frequently going unconsidered.