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Cultivating neighbourhoods that care: a manifesto for change




Agile Ageing Alliance

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Contributed to by age, health, care and design experts, policy makers and thought leaders, and drawing on perspectives and best practice from around the world, this report considers how the housing sector can combat loneliness and mental health issues – among younger and older populations – and ease the associated burden on health and social care systems. What is needed is a paradigm shift away from the disparate snakes and ladders style housing archetype; from starter, to family, to retirement homes. To smart building types, capable of adapting to accommodate a growing family, and then supporting an ageing one in later life, in smart technologically enabled multigenerational environments. This can only be achieved by taking account of the needs of the occupant and how they change over time. What’s missing is a commonly agreed view of “what good looks like”, making it hard for regional and local government, developers, and procurers of related products and services, to plan with any degree of confidence. This report contains a true wealth of insights, examples and recommendations designed to help shape a new International Standard – one that focuses on the creation of technically enabled multigenerational neighbourhoods. The development of this standard will enable advancement of a professional discourse on planning multigenerational neighbourhoods for the wellbeing of all, predicated on a set of guiding principles and a voluntary code of conduct. (Edited publisher abstract)

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