Urban Villages and older residents in South-East Queensland

Godber, Allison M., Barnett, Karen R., Buys, Laurie, & Tedman-Jones, Jan S. (2006) Urban Villages and older residents in South-East Queensland. Queensland Planner, 46(1), pp. 15-17.

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The population of South-East Queensland is ageing, and while we are familiar with the term ‘grey nomads’, a new group is beginning to emerge, the ‘young old’ (YO), representing the first generation of baby-boombers. As the population ages, a range of social changes and trends will impact on housing futures in Australia (Australian Urban Research Institute, AHURI, 2004). Patterns of demand will alter in tandem with the changing composition of the population, impacting most profoundly on high demand areas such as South East Queensland (Office of Economic and Statistical Research, OESR, 2003). Popular media stereotypes are emerging about the road touring market of seniors as “grey nomads”. However, the baby boomers’ lifestyle interests cannot be anticipated to be universally focused on travelling Australia (Prideaux B., Wei S. & Ruys H., 2001). Some will remain in their homes. However, trends emerging from America point to the popularity of a variety of housing options, some near new universities for the baby boomers with an appetite for lifelong education (Alexander, 2003). Other choices include townhouses and apartments, and the congregate living communities and residential enclaves that cater for the active and diverse lifestyles of baby boomers (Futurist, 2004). One feature of the ageing of the population highlighted by AHURI (2004) is that patterns of residential choice are likely to change as the first cohort of YO retirees moves into retirement. Lifestyle and values will become more salient attributes for these baby boomers than for current seniors whose priorities are wealth and income (O’Toole, 2005). While the young old (YO) might not necessarily choose to roam the country like their grey nomad counterparts, many seek a lifestyle change that allows them to remain active and involved in the community while minimising the constraints of daily life (household maintenance, long journey times).

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ID Code: 21260
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
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Keywords: urban villages, older residents, neighbourhoods
ISSN: 1326-3374
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Community Planning (120501)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > OTHER STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (169900) > Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified (169999)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Australian Planning Institute, Queensland Division
Deposited On: 18 Jun 2009 02:20
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 13:45

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