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Older People

Updated: 19 Sep 2017
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The Barn Halt Cottages were part of our Older People Research Programme
Barn Halt cottages at Carrickfergus
In Northern Ireland the proportion of older people aged 65 or over is projected to rise from 15.9% to 24.8% over the period to 2041. The sharpest increase will be in the number of people aged 85 or over. Northern Ireland also has high levels of reported disability, particularly in the over 75 age bands.
Our Older People Housing Policy Review Action Plan 2008-10 was developed after consultation on the main housing and housing related issues for older people in Northern Ireland.
The Action Plan incorporates the Older People Research Programme. A number of research projects have now completed:
A further two research projects were commissioned in 2011 and are due to complete in 2012:
  • The future role of Sheltered Housing in Northern Ireland
  • An evaluation of the Two Home Improvement Agencies in Northern Ireland

Further information for older people

The Belfast focussed directory ‘Seniors Info’ contains a range of information and advice for older people and those working with older people around health and wellbeing, housing, learning and leisure, income and benefits, rights and advocacy and support organisations.