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15 December 2021
Understanding Contemporary Issues in Seniors’ Housing
AGE-SW announces a special section of the Journal of Gerontological Social Work (JGSW) focused on contemporary issues in seniors’ housing.
Across the globe, a growing number of older adults have a core housing need and lack access to affordable, suitable, or adequate housing. Government sponsored housing programs have been one response to provide housing to low-income seniors, as rents are often geared to income or supplemented with housing subsidies. Many older adults living in such housing, however, experience high levels of housing instability, especially in gentrifying locations. Further, documented issues such as low literacy levels, poor physical and mental health, declining physical functioning, and lack of social support contribute to challenges in these settings. As housing providers strive to implement innovative and inclusive policies and procedures to support aging in place, they must also ensure that these actions reflect local priorities and values, and that older residents have opportunities to provide meaningful input into building operations and activities to create livable, welcoming, and healthy communities.
This special section of the JGSW will offer readers the knowledge and tools to advance seniors’ housing work in their respective communities, while fostering multidisciplinary, international partnerships among seniors’ housing researchers, policy makers, and practitioners. This section will (1) disseminate international knowledge and best practices related to seniors’ housing; and (2) build understanding about shared priorities that will advance the field of seniors’ housing research and practice.
JGSW invites manuscript submissions that that explore emerging issues in seniors’ housing, including but not limited to:
- Diverse models of seniors’ housing
- Policy or practice innovations
- Eviction prevention
- Creation of new seniors’ housing initiatives
- Preservation of seniors’ housing
- Sustainable communities for older adults
- Promotion of aging in place
- Gender and other intersections in relation to seniors’ housing
- Housing instability and precarity
- COVID-19 and seniors’ housing
Special Editors will select a paper from this issue for a prize of $500 CAD.
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Manuscripts may be submitted as a letter to the editor, commentary, brief report, original research, systematic or scoping review, conceptual or theoretical analysis, program evaluation, policy analysis, or knowledge translation activity. We encourage submissions from authors working locally and globally, asking that all authors provide sufficient detail on regional and/or national contexts for an international audience to appreciate and understand their statement, analysis, and/or research.
We encourage prospective authors to contact Dr. Christine Sheppard at [email protected]for questions related to this Special Section. If you have any questions about the Journal of Gerontological Social Work, please contact the editor, Dr. Robin Bonifas at [email protected].
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