Age Scotland has launched a new housing survey of all people aged 55 and over in Scotland, which will be open until the 19th January 2020.
Age Scotland and Scot Inform are working in partnership to survey people aged over 55 who live in Scotland to find out if their home suits their needs and allows them to live well.
Why the survey is being undertaken
Scotland’s population is ageing, with the number of people over 65 set to increase 17% and people over 75 estimated to increase by 79% by 2041.
With the newest population projections estimating an increase of 70.5% of over 75s in Scotland by 2043 and that the total population over 65 will rise by 36%, to a total of 1,390,653 – which will equate to 25% of the Scottish population.
The previous national housing survey took place in 2017 and the results have been used to strengthen the Scottish Government’s older people’s housing strategy, improved the recent Planning and Fuel Poverty Bills in the Scottish Parliament, and helped evidence calls for housing providers to deliver the improvements, adaptations and services older people truly need and want.
This new survey will help continue to build the evidence base on how well older people are living in their homes. It has been well recognised that housing has a profound impact on people’s health and wellbeing. Whether you live in a warm, comfortable house which you can easily move around in or one that is leaky, cold and which you don’t feel fully mobile in, has implications for how well you live and age.
It is also important to remember that living longer can mean many years of poorer health, there is a considerable difference between the healthy life expectancy and life expectancy in many areas of Scotland.
The ambition is for the survey to reach as many people aged 55 and over as possible. Those who complete the survey will have the chance to win a £50 cash prize (five available).