Health and welfare profile of Australian baby boomers who live in rented accommodation: implications for the future

Anne W. Taylor, Rhiannon Pilkington, Eleonora D. Dal Grande, Constance Kourbelis, Helen Barry

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Baby boomers who rent are often overlooked as an important sub-group. We aimed to assess the chronic conditions, risk factors, socio-economic factors and other health-related factors associated with renting in private or public housing. Data from telephone interviews conducted each month in South Australia between 2010 and 2015 were combined. Prevalence estimates were assessed for each risk factor and chronic condition by housing status. The association between housing status and variables of interest were analysed using logistic regression models adjusting for multiple covariates (age, gender, income, smoking, physical activity, area and year of data collection). Overall, 17.4 per cent of the 16,687 baby boomers interviewed were renting, either privately or using government-subsided housing. The health profile of renters (both private and public) was poorer overall, with renters more likely to have all of the chronic conditions and ten risk factors assessed. For public renters the relationships were maintained even after controlling for socio-economic and risk factor variables for all chronic diseases except osteoporosis. This research has provided empirical evidence of the considerable differences in health, socio-economic indicators and risk factors between baby boomers who rent and those who own, or are buying, their own homes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)685-702
Number of pages18
JournalAgeing and Society
Issue number4
Early online date26 Oct 2017
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019
Externally publishedYes

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  • Baby Boomers
  • Chronic disease
  • Rental accommodation
  • Housing - Australia
  • baby boomers
  • risk factors
  • housing
  • chronic disease
  • Australia
  • rented accommodation


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