Housing and Ageing: Let’s Get Serious—“How Do You Plan for the Future while Addressing Immediate Chaos?”

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Housing and Ageing: Let’s Get Serious—“How Do You Plan for the Future while Addressing Immediate Chaos?”


  • Vikki McCall Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stirling, UK
  • Friederike Ziegler Bradford Institute for Health Research, UK
  • Jane Robertson Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stirling, UK
  • Melanie Lovatt Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stirling, UK
  • Judith Phillips Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stirling, UK
  • Jeremy Porteus Housing Learning and Improvement Network, UK
  • Zhan McIntyre Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, UK
  • Alasdair Rutherford Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stirling, UK
  • Judith Sixsmith School of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Dundee, Scotland
  • Ryan Woolrych School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society, Institute for Sustainable Building Design, Heriot-Watt University, Scotland
  • Jim Eadie Age Scotland, Scotland
  • Jim Wallman Stone, Paper, Scissors Ltd, UK
  • Melissa Epinoza Institute for Social Policy, Housing, Equalities Research, School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society, Heriot Watt University, Scotland
  • Emma Harrison Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stirling, UK
  • Tom Wallace Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stirling, UK


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Abstract:  This article presents findings from the Housing and Ageing programme conducted in 2018 that investigated how the housing sector can effectively plan for an ageing population. The project took a transdisciplinary approach to focus on new, critical insights into the process of decision making concerning housing and ageing across Scotland, England and Wales. A ‘Serious Game’ methodology was developed that explored over 200 policy maker, practitioner and service user perspectives. This was used as a framework to capture priorities, decisions, negotiations and processes that indicate how a ‘sense of place’ and ‘place belonging’ can influence the development of suitable housing for older people. Key housing provision challenges identified were tackling inequality, preserving autonomy, in(ter)dependence, empowerment and accessibility. Such challenges need consideration when strategically planning for the future. The findings recommend placing housing at the heart of service integration to support the co-production of decisions that emphasise the importance of working together across boundaries within social policy, service and stakeholder groups. A place-based approach can support the perception that we are all stakeholders in ageing.

Keywords:  ageing policy; community; co-production; equalities; home; housing policy; housing practice; Serious Game methodology; service integration; strategic planning

Published:   31 July 2020


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/si.v8i3.2779


© Vikki McCall, Friederike Ziegler, Jane Robertson, Melanie Lovatt, Judith Phillips, Jeremy Porteus, Zhan McIntyre, Alasdair Rutherford, Judith Sixsmith, Ryan Woolrych, Jim Eadie, Jim Wallman, Melissa Epinoza, Emma Harrison, Tom Wallace. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits any use, distribution, and reproduction of the work without further permission provided the original author(s) and source are credited.