Tackling the crisis in housing for older people

15 April 2013

As the UK’s population grows and ages over the next 20 years, the number of people over 65 years old will increase at a particularly fast rate. By 2033 there are projected to be 296,000 people over 65 in Cheshire West & Chester, Cheshire East & Stockport; a 62% increase from 2012.

With this backdrop, a consortium of housing partners including
McCarthy & Stone, Britain’s leading provider or retirement accommodation for owner-occupiers, and Housing 21 a major non-profit provider of housing and care services for older people, have come together to hold a seminar to discuss how to improve housing provision for older people in the region.

Bringing together representatives from the private and public sectors across Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire East and Stockport, the event gave everyone a chance to discuss the challenges faced in tackling the housing plight of the region’s rapidly ageing population.

Steve Secker, Regional Managing Director for McCarthy & Stone said:

“Housing the elderly is becoming increasingly important.  In this region alone, there will be an additional 112,800 older people in the next 20 years. These statistics simply cannot be ignored and are key reasons as to why we felt this seminar was imperative in the drive to safeguard this region against a future housing crisis. Appropriate housing helps older people live happier, healthier and longer lives.”

“Everyone at the event agreed that we need to do more to increase the supply of retirement housing as it has such a massive impact in improving the lives of older residents.”

If you would like McCarthy & Stone to host a similar seminar in your local area please email will.purvis@mccarthyandstone.co.uk or call us on 01202 362224.