Everything You Should Know About Designing a Home for Aging in Place
Via Architectural Digest:
Senior citizens make up the country’s fastest-growing population, according to the latest U.S. census results. They’re outpacing the growth of the general population at a rate of 15.1 percent to 9.7 percent, and the total number of individuals over 65 is projected to nearly double before 2050. In anticipation of this trend’s impact, New York City’s Department for the Aging released an Aging in Place Guide in 2016 outlining how simple design choices can allow seniors to safely live independently for longer. Karen Kubey, who edited the guide in collaboration with the DFTA and AIA New York Chapter Design for Aging Committee, emphasized that design professionals have an important role to play alongside government efforts. “While social and health services for seniors are critical, even the smallest residential design retrofits can have potentially life-saving impacts,” she said. “From preventing falls through something as simple as choosing the right kind of carpet, to designing beautiful, welcoming shared spaces to help address social isolation, architects and interior designers have the chance to improve, and even extend, the lives of seniors.” Kubey is an urbanist whose practice specializes in housing and health.