Identifying Aging Adults’ Housing Preferences: An Age-Friendly Initiative

Allison Gibson, Natalie Pope, Diane Loeffler, Stephanie Ratliff, Ethan Engelhardt

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Community planning around housing needs of older adults is, at present, very understudied. This study stemmed from a practical need to determine the housing preferences of residents as part of an Age Friendly Community initiative. Data presented in this paper focus on the quantitative component of a sequential mixed methods study examining attitudes and preferences about housing. This first phase of this project involved data collected from 1,514 residents aged 30+ using a researcher-devised survey of 43 items. There was little difference in housing preferences between older and younger respondents or among those with varying financial means. Analysis revealed the most important housing considerations were safety in home, affordability, privacy, proximity to services frequently used, and accessibility. An unexpected finding was that almost half of older respondents expressed a willingness to share a home with a roommate. There were also differences in preferences on home environment based on current marital status. Data suggests that city planners and property developers should prioritize these preferences when planning for the housing-related needs of older residents. Future research should examine the interpretation of housing preferences, such as qualitative exploration of what it means for housing to be “safe” or ’affordable.’.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-63
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Gerontological Social Work
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2023

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  • Age friendly
  • home sharing
  • housing preference
  • senior housing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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