Monday, April 4, 2011
Aging In Place: Designing for the Graying of America
Last week I wrote a research paper on a new design trend in senior living called Aging In Place. The idea is to essentially make simple design improvements to suit a senior's needs so that they can remain in their current home instead of moving to an assisted living facility or nursing home. Home improvements such as installing handle bars and shower seats in the bathroom, reworking cabinetry to reduce any strain with lifting pots and pans, and replacing hard flooring with wood or wall to wall carpet to ease joint pain. This plan allows seniors to retain their independence and will thus improve their life satisfaction.