Providing adequate housing for seniors is serious business and is especially critical as the population ages. And as minority elderly are an increasingly large percentage of the older population in developed countries, understanding of differences in culture, religion and racial backgrounds becomes very important if their needs are to be addressed.

In the UK, the Housing Corporation Centre for Research and Market Intelligence recently released the results of a research project that looked at some of the practical challenges that South Asian elders face in meeting their housing and support needs. The project also captures some of the positive work being done by voluntary and community organisations, local authorities and housing associations on their behalf. This Innovation and Good Practice report for the Housing Corporation makes recommendations for policy makers and providers for the long term benefits of all concerned.

Similar research projects have been sponsored by the Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing in Australia.

This is important work and demonstrates key leadership from both countries.