AUDIO: Older Australians utilise their houses far more than official statistics indicate and fewer seniors downsize than is commonly thought, a leading researcher told a housing forum in Hobart on Thursday.
The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) brought together housing researchers from around the country together with government and industry representatives to discuss housing solutions for older people.
AHURI researcher Professor Bruce Judd from the University of New South Wales City Futures Research Centre told the forum that while the homes of 88 per cent of older Australians were considered under-utilised, 91 per cent of senior homeowners disagreed.
Following the forum, Professor Judd spoke with AAA’s Natasha Egan about the mismatch in statistics and perceptions:
Here Professor Judd describes some of the barriers older Australians face when downsizing: