The potential for downsizing
The issue of encouraging downsizing by seniors (65+) often receives media attention; focusing on specific locations and then drawing generalised conclusions. Research into NSW locations with high numbers of seniors living in accommodation with “spare bedrooms” shows that reality is more nuanced. These locations include leafy Sydney suburbs; however they also include the Western Suburbs, country towns and retiree destinations.
This has implications for any policy designed to encourage downsizing as the impact would be across a range of locations. Moreover many of these locations lack “size appropriate” alternatives.