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The International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation calls on professionals to submit evidence on examples of good housing adaptation practices for healthy ageing.

Ageing Population

Across the globe, we are living in an ageing population, and it is expected that between 2015 and 2050, the proportion of the world’s population over 60 years will have doubled. ϯ

In countries across around the world, there is a rising demand for adapted and accessible homes, expertly designed to enable people to live independently in their own homes for as long as possible.

Presently, millions of people are living in homes that have a negative impact on their quality of life, with many houses failing to meet the needs of the elderly and those living with disabilities. In some cases, a home that was once a sanctuary, can become a barrier.

Recent research by Home Improvement Agencies, found that adaptations in homes can improve mobility, wellbeing and wider physical health, with accessible homes also relieving the pressure on social care, care homes and hospitals.

We have previously discussed adaptations that can be made in the home in our article ‘Future Proofing Homes – adapting a home for an older person’, which looked at some of the adaptations that can be made, including handrails, stairlifts and the installation of smart technology.

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

In response to the needs of an ageing population, a special issue of the International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation will explore the global community’s best practices/experiences in housing adaptations for healthy ageing across the globe.

The aim of this issue is to share knowledge and inspire connections amongst professionals who generate and support housing adaptations around the world in a bid to improve the homes and day-to-day lives of millions of people.

The issue will also offer an insight into the crucial role of assistive technologies in supporting effective home adaptations. In a previous article, we discussed the impact that assistive technology can have in improving independence and continuing rehabilitation.

From simple installations such as environmental controls, wearable garments that vibrate, to innovative new technologies and AI, assistive technology is the future of inclusive accessible homes.

Anticipated Themes

A list of anticipated themes in the issue, include best practice in delivering Housing Adaptation for the elderly and disabled people, maintaining independence at home through adaptations of existing homes, making care of the elderly and disabled people easier through building design and technologies, accessibility of homes and the use of innovations in assistive technology, artificial intelligence and wearables that can aid independent living.

Guest editors featured in the issue will be Dr Adekunle Sabitu Oyegoke, Dr. Saheed Ajayi, and Dr. Wusi Zhou.

 

Professionals have until 31st August 2022 to submit their evidence, which can be done here.

 

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