Older Adults with Disabilities Can Age Well in Place


Forty percent of community-dwelling older adults in the US have a disability. This can make the goal of aging-in-place even harder to achieve especially for lower-income individuals.  A six month long program called “Community Aging in Place: Advancing Better Living for Elders (CAPABLE)” was developed by researchers from John’s Hopkins and other Universities in order to help combat this problem. Their goal is to address issues in the built-environment as well as individual factors that hinder low-income older adults from easily aging-in-place.

Universal Design (UD) is an approach to design that increases the potential for developing a better quality of life for a wide range of individuals. It is a design process that enables and empowers a diverse population by improving human performance, health and wellness, and social participation (Steinfeld and Maisel, 2012). It creates products, systems, and environments to be as usable as possible by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability or situation.