Abbeyfield Housing in Lakefield

A Community Research Project

  • Natalie Jennings
  • Laurel Pirrie
  • Kara Rutherford
  • Amy Smith Elizabeth Russell/Qualitative Research Methods
Keywords: Abbeyfield, Independence, Depression, Loneliness, Age-friendly Communities, Lakefield, Retirement

Abstract

Our population is dramatically growing, and couple that with the fact that people are living longer, it is imperative to continually reassess and re-evaluate our living conditions and housing options. Age-friendly community living has grown in interest over the last decade, and creates an environment that, among other things, allows for social connection between older adults, which can be an important aspect to positive well-being. An Abbeyfield housing model is an example of an age-friendly approach to retirement that can offer family-style living arrangements for independent seniors. The purpose of the current study is to examine the feasibility and community desire of an Abbeyfield house in Lakefield Ontario Canada. Seventy-three participants completed an online, quantitative, survey which gauged community interest for this style of retirement in Lakefield. As well, five community members participated in a focus group which allowed for a range of perspectives on retirement in general, and the Abbeyfield housing model. Themes around concerns of affordability, independence, and loneliness around retirement appeared in the focus group discussion, and our findings show that there is an interest for an Abbeyfield housing model in Lakefield, with many individuals expressing that the model may be able to fill some gaps with current retirement options in the area.

Keywords: Abbeyfield, Independence, Depression, Loneliness, Age-friendly Communities, Lakefield, Retirement

Published
2018-07-04