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Addressing Older Persons' Unmet Housing Needs

Published 26/05/2022

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(26 May 2022) How do we address older persons' unmet housing needs now and ensure future needs are addressed?

That is the question discussed at the Simon Communities of Ireland, Simon Talks series, on 26 May. Key policy responses identified by Nat O'Connor, Age Action's Senior Public Affairs and Policy Specialist, included the need to implement universal design best practice across private and social housing, measures to provide security of tenure for renters as we see an increasing number of older people renting,  financial products to faciltiate people who want to 'right size' their home and supports to enable people to adapt their home to meet their needs. In general, a rights based approach to the design and implementation of housing policy is needed to ensure housing adequacy for all of us as we age.

Watch Simon Talks' Addressing Older Persons' Unmet Housing Needs.

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