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Planning for Independence

Planning for Independence -an Interesting Statistic

· Eighty percent of older people today live in their own homes. In planning for independence in the future so-called “senior citizens” and “leading edge boomers” see a process of change and certain steps to take. Possibly the first step is to become familiar with the vocabulary of “aging-in-place” – or, as referred to in my upcoming eBook -> Aging-in-PALACE©.

 It seems unlikely that members of the “Lucky Few” (1929-1945) and Baby Boomer (1946- 1964) generations will choose to move to “retirement homes.” The common dialogue these days reads more like this: “Please do not refer to us as "senior citizens"- despite negative stereotypes about aging, we are quite clear about picturing a place to live for a lifetime."

Successful aging means independence.

The desire to stay in our own homes actually may change the way they are designed. Research shows that the home-building industry thinks that aging will be the second-biggest influence on home design in the next few years [source: NAHB].

No wonder when (for example) kitchens designed to work for everyone, regardless of age,  can look like this,eh?

universal design kitchen

Let me know what you think. (photo courtesy of houzz.com )

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Comments

I love this idea of aging in place, and you have written a fabulous periodical, "Aging in Palace."  How timely and useful.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) over 7 years ago
I listed and very quickly sold at asking price an "age at home." It was beautiful and offered everything anyone would possibly need. I'm all for aging at home.
Posted by John McCormack, CRS, Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me! (Albuquerque Homes Realty) over 7 years ago
I think this kitchen example is definitely a gorgeous kitchen for any age. It's a good thing that as a society we seem to return to old values such as graceful aging at ones own home or with family rather than having to move into a retirement facility.
Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 7 years ago

Jane~ It makes sense to investigate housing possibilities as we add the decades, eh?

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 7 years ago

John~ I like the term that you used- "age at home"...it is somehow less "clinical"  and makes me not want to shudder at the thought of my own and my clients' advancing age...and "aging-in-palace" brings to mind soft landings in feathered nests...and my bones kind  of appreciate the image.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 7 years ago

Silvia~

I am smiling as  I read your comments...just have to repeat it, " ...as a society we seem to return to old values such as graceful aging at ones own home or with family..." THX!

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 7 years ago

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