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The significance of demographic change in the Swiss approach to private rented housing: A potential for ageing in place?

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Rose Gilroy


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Recent findings indicate that changing social constructions of age are mirrored in a growing desire for autonomous living in later life. This individualised concept is referred to as 'ageing in place'. This paper discusses the challenges for the housing industry and examines to what extent maintenance and development strategies of Swiss real estate investors are meeting the changing demands of older people. Drawing on a number of case studies in Switzerland the paper concludes that investors' concepts of older people and their needs are not merely out of step with the reality of older people's lives and choices but obstruct the desire to age in place. Furthermore, an analysis of the market potential of older people's wish to stay in their present home demonstrates that some investors may be failing to exploit serious business opportunities that could arise from providing services to older people.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Van Wezemael JE, Gilroy R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Housing Studies

Year: 2007

Volume: 22

Issue: 4

Pages: 597-614

ISSN (print): 0267-3037

ISSN (electronic): 1466-1810

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/02673030701387713


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