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?
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