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Housing our Ageing Population: Panel for Innovation (HAPPI)

Report about meeting housing needs of older people

Topics: Communities and neighbourhoods, Housing

Keywords: Affordable housing, Older people

Date Published: 1 June 2009

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Resource Type: Report

The high-profile Housing our Ageing Population: Panel for Innovation was established in June 2009 to tackle the following question: What further reform is needed to ensure that new build specialised housing meets the needs and aspirations of the older people of the future?

The panel focused on:

  • Improving the quality of life of our ageing population by influencing the availability and choice of high quality, sustainable homes and neighbourhoods
  • Challenging the perceptions of mainstream and specialised housing for older people, for existing and future generations
  • Raising the aspirations of older people to demand higher quality, more sustainable homes
  • Spreading awareness of the possibilities offered through innovative design of housing and neighbourhoods


The report outlines innovative housing examples from across England that respond to a variety of care needs such as:

  • Older people controlling the housing processes
  • Issues regarding space, light and accessibility
  • A shared sense of purpose
  • The idea of being part of a community

Download the HAPPI report - PDF (4.7MB)

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