Removing the barriers that prevent older people from ageing independently in homes. Creating communities that facilitate inclusion and age-friendly housing adapted to the needs of older residents.
We are living longer lives, but our homes often do not meet our needs as we age. More and more of us will be affected. In 2022, over one fifth of the EU population was aged 65 and over.1 We need age-friendly housing now.
Everybody should feel that their living space is safe and accessible, but creating age-friendly housing can be challenging and expensive. Public and social housing providers face modifying many indoor and outdoor spaces to suit diverse and evolving needs. For new builds, age-friendly considerations need to be integrated at all stages of the development process, starting at design.
Home is not just about a building but also the community. However, the design of our neighbourhoods, how we communicate with tenants, and the choice of facilities often do not enable the participation of older people. Lack of access to community spaces and services can increase isolation and loneliness and exacerbate other vulnerabilities. In addition, older tenants are often those most impacted by rising energy prices and the cost of living crisis.
Everybody should feel that their living space is safe and accessible.
What do we need?
We have an opportunity to change how we think about inclusive housing. By working together, we can build communities with age-friendly design and services at the core.
Our homes should enable older residents to live independently and with the best quality of life possible. All tenants should have the same opportunities to make connections, benefit from services, and choose their way of living.
Building communities with age-friendly design and services at the core.
10-11 October 2023: Topic Group Meeting in Brussels, Belgium
The next Topic Group meeting will explore a range of topics including encouraging the dynamic participation of older people and their families.
Ageing Topic Group activities are only open to our members. If you are a Eurhonet member, you can sign up through the Members Only Zone. If you are not yet a member, find out more about joining us here.
Ageing Topic Group Leader
 Eurostat, 2023.