Deciding where to live at any age is stressful and complex. In later life people imagine their own ageing and whether they will be able to cope in their current house. Drawing on research material from over 1000 older people, the authors unravel this experience. People cannot know their future: some move early to houses that will be easier to manage; others avoid thinking of a life that appears problematic or painful. Housing Decisions in Later Life is essential reading for all who want to understand better the housing experiences of older people, the involvement of older people in research, the place of emotions in decision-making and, indeed, ageing itself. Older people demand more space in specialist housing to live fulfilled lives rather than solely to manage decline. The linking of housing stories with theory makes it valuable for those in planning or policy, architects and managers, academics and students.

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