WASHINGTON – March 10, 2014 – As Baby Boomers become an increasingly larger segment of the U.S. population, aging-in-place design choices are gaining in popularity.
AARP research shows that most older Americans want to remain in their residences permanently and live independently – a demographic change that translates into demand for residential designs that can accommodate changes in health, vision or mobility and ensures that homes stay safe and comfortable.
Gaining in popularity is so-called universal design, which embraces accessibility for all ages and abilities with no sacrifice in style. Components may be as simple as abundant lighting, chair-height toilets and slip-resistant flooring – or as bold as elevators and first-floor master bedrooms.
Russ Glickman, owner of Maryland-based Glickman Design/Build, says that the most visible result of aging-in-place design is dwellings that simply feel “roomier and more open.” Homeowners need not be concerned, he notes, about changes that will be ugly or appear institutional because most of the design features are “invisible” and complement the home.
Source: Washington Post (03/08/14) P. 14; Jordan, Wendy A.
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