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A Review of ‘Ageing in place: design, planning and policy response in the Western Asia-Pacific’, Edited by Bruce Judd, Kenichi Tanoue, and Edgar Liu

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Holmes, Hannah 


This book examines in depth the policies and practices of ‘Ageing in Place’, which the authors acknowledge is often touted as a ‘win-win’ scenario in which a potential reduction in the costs of care for older people is combined with apparent well-being advantages for those who remain situated in their communities. Judd, Tanoue and Liu show that ageing is more than something that happens to individuals: It is a phenomenon associated with profound and far-reaching societal impacts for those places with an ageing population, including the shrinkage of urban centres, economic stagnation, increasing costs associated with pensions and health care combined with a reduced tax base, and changing housing needs. Its causes are also shown to be rooted at the societal level – where government policies, improvements in health care, and economic opportunities precipitate decline in both death rates and fertility rates. While ageing in place has gained traction on policy agendas in locations across the world as governments seek to address the challenges and needs of an ageing population (at the societal and individual levels respectively), the authors highlight that much of the English-language academic literature to date has a Eurocentric focus. Through its geographical focus on China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand, this book marks a departure from this trend, and thus provides a valuable opportunity to draw comparisons and lessons from a broader multitude of local economic, political and cultural contexts in which this policy trend is variously embedded.



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International Journal of Housing Policy

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