Loneliness, health and housing design

DEMOS and McCarthy and StoneDEMOS loneliness report cover
By Claudia Wood and Jo Salter of DEMOS

Building Companionship: how better design can combat loneliness in later life

Publication date: April 2016
Ranking: useful

This report “… explores why it might be that older people living in specialist age specific housing (retirement housing, extra care, assisted living and so on) tend to feel far less lonely than their counterparts in general housing.”

The report considers; “…the scale and nature of the problem; the impact on health and potential costs to the state (and) what is most effective in combatting loneliness for older people…”

It notes:
“The factors present in retirement developments could be described as either “people” (an inclusive community ethos and pro-active staff and homeowners who encourage other to participate and arrange activities) or “place” (the design of communal space etc).”

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