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Tuesday May 30, 2023

Report suggests almshouse residents live longer.

Almshouses provide affordable community housing for local people in housing need. While providing independent living, they are usually also designed around a communal area, encouraging neighbourliness and providing opportunities for friendship and communal support.

A report published this month found evidence that almshouse residents experience a longevity boost, living up to two-and-a-half years longer than others from the same socio-economic group living elsewhere.

“This latest research builds on past research pointing, perhaps, to the great value of companionship and strong micro-communities that this unique housing model embodies,” said Nick Phillips, Chief Executive of The Almshouse Association.

Almshouse Longevity Study: Can living in an almshouse lead to a longer life? – Bayes Business School, City University of London, May 2023.

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