Research area:
The resource efficiency of settlement structures

Living in eastern and western German cities for the 60+ age group

Today, approx. 38 % of private households in Germany include persons sixty years of age or older. Most senior citizens, even those of a very advanced age, prefer the most widespread form of living, independent living in one’s own flat. In future, it will therefore be ever more important to have knowledge of the needs of the elderly in terms of flat size and equipment, and the living environment, and to take this into account when restructuring the housing stock.

The basis for comparison of the living situation of elderly people in eastern and western Germany was provided by surveys of "living of the 60+ age group" in two eastern and two western German cities. Based on interviews with elderly people conducted by the IÖR in one major city (Dresden 2007) and one middle-sized city (Döbeln 2009) in eastern Germany, surveys on living by elderly people of the 60+ age group using the same questionnaire were carried out by the ILS in two western German cities (Dortmund and Arnsberg 2011). This enabled a comparison of the current living situations of elderly people, their desires to move, and their preferred forms of living in old age, which is currently being processed. The goal is also the derivation of recommendations for action on flat adaptation in the context of the situation in eastern and western German cities. A publication on the issue of the living situation and living desires of elderly people in eastern and western German cities is currently being prepared by J. Banse, C. Deilmann and M. Möbius of the IÖR, and A. Berndgen-Kaiser and R. Fox-Kämper of the ILS.


10/2010 – 05/2014


Dr.-Ing. Georg Schiller (Acting Head) 
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