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Older people's decisions regarding ‘ageing in place’: A Western Australian case study

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  • Duncan Boldy,

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    1. Centre for Research on Ageing, Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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  • Linda Grenade,

    1. Centre for Research on Ageing, Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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  • Gill Lewin,

    1. Centre for Research on Ageing, Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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  • Elizabeth Karol,

    1. School of Architecture, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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  • Elissa Burton

    1. Centre for Research on Ageing, Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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Professor Duncan Boldy, Centre for Research on Ageing, Curtin University of Technology. Email: d.boldy@curtin.edu.au

Abstract

Aim:  To investigate ‘ageing in place’ in terms of house, locality and support, related to the Western Australia members of National Seniors Australia.

Methods:  A postal survey of 6859 members, followed by structured interviews with a subsample of respondents.

Results:  A similar proportion of respondents (nearly 30%) had either moved house recently or not for at least 20 years. Almost half were intending to stay in their current residence as they aged, this proportion increasing with age. A key reason for staying was having a ‘comfortable’ home. Related to moving, lifestyle change was particularly important for younger respondents and upkeep/maintenance difficulties for older respondents.

Conclusion:  For varied and complex reasons, many adults choose to move between the ages of 55 and 75. Government policy can further support older Australians to have choices of ‘places’ to live in that maximise their ability to retain independence.

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