Factors influencing older adults' decisions about housing

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Factors influencing older adults’ decisions about housing

May 10 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm



Should I stay or should I go?

In Canada, about 90% of people aged 65 and over still live in their homes.(1) It is estimated that 30% of people aged 75 and over and 50% of those aged 85 and over receive care at home.(2) When help becomes insufficient and their autonomy and capacities diminish (both physical and cognitive), older adults and their loved ones must evaluate their options. These may be to stay in their home and adapt it, or to move to more suitable housing with or without additional care delivered. Such reflections are complex. It is therefore important to understand what the home represents for an older adult, as well as the range of factors that can influence their decisions.

  • Older adults’ loss of independence and declining capacity often lead to a decision to move to safer housing where care will be provided.
  • The most important factors when making this decision are usually social and psychological considerations, not merely practical or economic considerations.
  • Having a better understanding of the range of factors influencing older adults will help family members and professionals better support them in the decision-making process.

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Courtesy of McMaster Optimal Aging Portal



May 10
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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