Investigators: Prof Julie Byles, A/Prof Lynette Mackenzie, A/Prof Lynne Parkinson, Prof Sally Redman, Dr Anna Williamson.

This study examined the home and neighbourhood environments of a sample of community dwelling older people, to determine the extent to which these environments can be considered to be “supportive” according to internationally accepted measures; identified those people who are least likely to be currently living in supportive environments; and then contrast these findings against people’s expectations of their increasing needs as they age and of how these needs are to be met.

Outcomes resulting from this research:

Byles J, Gallienne L, Blyth F, Banks E. Relationship of age and gender to the prevalence and correlates of psychological distress in later life. Int Psychogeriatr 2012 Jun;24(6):1009–18. doi: 10.1017/S1041610211002602

Byles J, Mackenzie L, Parkinson L, Leigh L, Redman S, Curryer C. Supporting housing and neighbourhoods for healthy ageing: Findings from the Housing and Independent Living Study (HAIL). Australasian Journal on Ageing [Internet] 2012 Oct 25. doi:10.1111/j.1741-6612.2012.00646.x

Byles JE, Leigh L, Vo K, Forder P, Curryer C. Life space and mental health: a study of older community-dwelling persons in Australia. Aging & Mental Health [Internet] 2014:1-9. doi: 10.1080/13607863.2014.917607

Mackenzie L, Curryer C, Byles JE. Narratives of home and place: findings from the Housing and Independent Living Study. Ageing and Society [Internet] 2014:1-29. doi: 10.1017/s0144686x14000476