The Guide to Making Your Home Work for an Elderly Relative4 minute read
4 minute read|
Updated for January, 2019
The aging of American Baby Boomers, a generation now numbering over 75 million, is expected to have an enormous impact on American society. An estimated three million individuals will turn 65 every year for the next two decades or so. For the most part, Baby Boomers are healthier, wealthier and more active than previous generations; retirement in the traditional sense may not be part of the plan for many of these healthy, active seniors.
Even though Baby Boomers may be in better physical condition than their predecessors, aging takes a toll on physical well-being, with mobility and vision problems causing the most concern.
While previous generations of empty-nesters may have looked forward to retirement communities and lives of leisure, the current crop of seniors is more likely to continue working, taking “aging in place” in stride. Even though Baby Boomers may be in better physical condition than their predecessors, aging takes a toll on physical well-being, with mobility and vision problems causing the most concern.
The option for an increasing number of families today is sharing, whether it stems from need or preference. There are many factors at play. Grown children often remain at home or return home; single parents frequently share homes with their own parents. Changes in the structure, size and makeup of American households requires taking a new look at architecture and design that will address the needs of various age groups, from toddler to senior citizen.
About 5.2 million people in the U.S. live with dementia. More than 10% of Americans over 65–and 50% of those over 85–have some form of it. One out of three seniors die with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. These figures will likely continue to grow as Baby Boomers...read more