Case Study: A Community-Based Approach to Developing Optimal Housing for Low-Income Older Adults

Mei Lan Fang, Judith Sixsmith, Ryan Woolrych, Sarah Canham, Lupin Battersby, Tori Hui Ren, Andrew Sixsmith

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Since 2014, the Gerontology Research Centre at Simon Fraser University, in partnership with the Richmond Kiwanis Senior Citizens Housing Society and the city of Richmond, has overseen the transition of low-income senior tenants from old, dilapidated accommodations into an affordable housing redevelopment project (Kiwanis Towers) in Richmond, British Columbia. The challenge was ensuring the seniors experienced their move with reduced stress and to find solutions for enhanced social participation to prevent loneliness and social isolation. To do this, a transdisciplinary (across diverse disciplines and sectors) partnership was created among gerontologists, health scientists, a geographer, an ecologist, and a psychologist along with the building’s management, and local community organizations (involving the older adult tenants themselves). A series of community consultations using innovative community-based research methods identified the need for housing interventions that build a sense of place (Fang et al., 2018) and that keep older adults mentally and physically active while providing opportunities to build social capital as well as facilitating an enhanced role for older adults in the design process (Sixsmith et al., 2017).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKnowledge, Innovation, and Impact
Subtitle of host publicationA Guide for the Engaged Health Researcher
EditorsA. Sixsmith, J. Sixsmith, A. Mihailidis, M. L. Fang
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9783030343903
ISBN (Print)9783030343897
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NameInternational Perspectives on Social Policy, Administration, and Practice


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