Aging in Place: Senior Living and Universal Design

Architecture for seniors doesn’t have to be sterile. The latest movement in multigenerational housing, universal design, promises appeal AND accessibility.

As baby boomers age—and watch their parents contend with the complexities of senior housing—the concept of aging in place becomes ever more appealing. In fact, according to an AARP survey, as many as 90 percent of older adults would like to remain in their own homes throughout their golden years. The concept of universal design arose to address preferences like these. Beyond that, it aims to promote multigenerational housing that’s as friendly to the needs of the grandkids as it is to the grandparents.


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