“The housing conditions of older people are often linked to their quality of life and whether they are able to age independently and actively in their community. Appropriate housing design and its proximity to community and social services allow older residents to live comfortably and safely, while housing affordability gives them peace of mind.” (WHO)

Access to appropriate and affordable housing is important at any age. Stable housing offers a strong foundation on which individuals can build and maintain healthy and productive lives. On the other hand, housing instability and homelessness can produce negative health impacts, including increased incidence of illness.

For older adults in particular, housing options can influence an individual’s ability to remain independent and access services. Housing options for older adults include privately owned or rented homes, retirement residences, social and affordable housing, and long-term care homes. Emergency housing (e.g. shelters) are another form of housing available for those experiencing housing instability.

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