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The locational needs of the elderly for housing Markoff, Anthony Wayne

Abstract

A major concern of community planning is the integrated use of land and its implications upon people. This statement leads to the central hypothesis of this thesis: that the planned location of senior citizens' housing developments in the urban area should be based upon adequate knowledge of the needs and preferences of the elderly in regard to the total community. In an attempt to gain a total perspective, a survey of five per cent of the self contained dwelling units, specifically designed for the elderly in the city of Vancouver, is undertaken. Using multivariate contingency tabulations (MVTAB) and the statistical package for social sciences (SPSS) programs, four principal variables, age, length of residence in the housing project, satisfaction with the proximity to facilities, and frequency of their use are correlated with the locational importance attributed to these selected facilities by the respondents. The results of this study indicate that more than one half of the respondents are displeased with the location of their present living quarters. Also, decisions in locating residences for the elderly must be based upon the examination of a number of facilities used by this age group, as opposed to the identification of a single facility frequented most regularly. These findings may contribute toward a more knowledgeable approach in the future site planning of housing accommodation for the aged.

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