Housing adaptations for healthy ageing: conceptual, theoretical, and practical approaches

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Overview of special issue

This special issue aims to explore the global community’s best practices/experiences in housing adaptations for healthy ageing across the globe. As the aged population is currently at its highest level in human history, healthy ageing and independent living for the elderly and the disabled are crucial. This special issue will serve as an intersection, means of knowledge sharing, and inspire connections among scholars and practitioners who generate and support housing adaptations around the globe.

There is developing literature that explores the effects of housing adaptations on aging in place, however, it is surprising to find that so little empirical research has been conducted on local adaptation systems and practices. Very few studies, such as Oyegoke et al. (2022), Zhou et al. (2021), Bibbings et al. (2015), Jones (2005), and Keeble (1979), have focused on investigating the conceptual, theoretical, and practical framework for housing adaptations and improving their effectiveness, which is essential for disabled/older people to receive timely assistance and overcome the risks of environmental barriers. Ageing in place is a global issue that fraught with different problems in different countries. Different countries have responded differently to solve some of these problems. This special issue will provide the platform to share best practices across the globe.

Indicative list of anticipated themes

Best practices

  • The best practice in delivering Housing Adaptations for the elderly and disabled people:
  • Current practices and future challenges in housing adaptations
  • Maintaining independence at home through adaptations of existing homes
  • Making care for the elderly and disabled people easier through building design and technologies

Healthy ageing, independent living, and accessibility

  • Concepts of housing adaptation
  • Accessibility of homes
  • Drivers and barriers to implementing complex housing adaptations and implications for different stakeholders
  • What are the roles of the stakeholders and the barriers within the supply side in housing adaptations?
  • How the home environment can best support care and maintain health for individuals.
  • Housing adaptations assessment process

Policy and governance

  • Regulatory framework and barriers to housing adaptation
  • Policy mechanisms and policy shortcomings that obstruct housing adaptations

Innovation and technology

  • The use of innovations in assistive technology, artificial intelligence, and wearables that can aid independent living
  • Using and developing new tools and collecting data to help with decisions on housing and care.
  • Using and developing new tools for collecting data to help with housing adaptations and care decisions.

Submission information

Submission window open: 1st May 2022

Submission window closes: 31st August 2022

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