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older adults, housing, Canada


This qualitative study has been structured to give a voice to an often forgotten population within social housing, namely unattached older adult women. To date, limited research has been conducted with this group. Canadian housing studies have traditionally focused on the needs of the frail elderly and the affluent elderly. However, current and projected demographics of Canadians, aged 65 to 84, indicate that the greatest number of “well older adults” is unattached women living on fixed incomes in subsidized housing. With little attention paid to this group, measures to improve quality of life for low income single women as they age in place are speculative at best. Through the co-operation of CityHousing Hamilton, and the Sheridan Elder Research Centre (SERC), this 3 stage qualitative study seeks to identify some of the needs of these women. Phase 1 results will inform a pilot project to retrofit existing apartments in 3 of CityHousing Hamilton’s buildings, each built in the 1970s and each within the urban environment. The pilot project will be followed by practical ongoing retrofitting solutions to be provided for use by the city. Phase 1, which began in January of 2005, is complete. Phases 2 and 3 are scheduled for completion by the end of 2007.


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Carroll, M. (2008). Aging in place: Accessible, rent-geared-to-income housing for unattached older women: Phase I. [Report]. Oakville: Sheridan Elder Research Centre (SERC).

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