National Seniors, Australia’s largest organization representing those aged 50 or older, recently published a study, Moving or Staying Put, that looked at the housing preferences and choices of their members in Western Australia.

The results of the study challenge the common perception that older people will spend most of their later life in one home, revealing that two in three people move between the ages of 55 and 75.   It also identifies four prominent themes that influence the decision to move or stay: house and home, lifestyle, location and access to services.

Learning more about the housing needs and wants of the ageing population will benefit policy makers prepare for the increasing number of adults over the next decade.