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Housing-related well-being in older people: the impact of environmental and financial influences

Costa-Font, Joan (2013) Housing-related well-being in older people: the impact of environmental and financial influences. Urban Studies, 50 (4). pp. 657-673. ISSN 0042-0980

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Abstract

With the ageing of populations in Europe, one can expect new pressures on the existing housing stock to accommodate those older individuals with mobility problems; at the same time, housing assets are expected to be called upon to guarantee financial security for older homeowners. The accessibility and suitability of housing, and the financial security that housing provides, may exert an independent influence on well-being; to what extent either factor prevails in influencing well-being has important policy implications. This paper empirically examines the impact of investment and environmental housing influences on satisfaction with housing in a population of older people. Data are used from the European country which had the greatest number of homeowners at the time of the survey (Spain), and where at the same time older people rely heavily on informal caregiving. Robust evidence is presented to suggest that satisfaction with housing in old age is indeed independently associated with environmental influences. Although homeownership does improve well-being related to housing, home equity does not exhibit a significant and independent effect.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://usj.sagepub.com/
Additional Information: © 2012 Urban Studies Journal Limited
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Departments > European Institute
Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Research centres and groups > LSE Health
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2012 09:08
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/45649/

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