Also known as the retirement stage of life, third age can come with feelings of social isolation, loneliness and frailty. In 2016, it was estimated that 17% of older people are in contact with family, friends and neighbours less than once a week, and nearly half of all people aged 75 and over live alone (Age UK 2016). However, we are starting to move towards ‘active ageing’ defined by the WHO as the “process of optimising opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age”. Built spaces need to reflect this, designing with both a sense of control and enabling ongoing social encounters and activities.
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