In our 40s, we’ve accepted the aches and pains that remind us we’re no longer 25. That said, the last thing we want to think about is how our health might look in our 60s and 70s, much less what living accommodations we might need to handle our changing physical abilities.
“All the carpets are coming up, so they won’t be a trip hazard,” said Ernie MacNeill, walking through the split-level house in Fair Lawn, N.J., that he is remodeling for a client who struggles to walk.
The idea of growing old have you freaked out? You’re in good company. But when it comes to renovating and updating our homes, maybe we all need to get over ourselves a little. That’s what some proponents of universal design say, anyway.
For most young people, adolescence is a time filled with fashion and romantic concerns. For Alex Koren, his teen years were the beginning of a quest for equal access for the hearing impaired.
Most people don’t think twice about walking down a narrow hall or up a few stairs, but for people with physical disabilities, these small design elements can turn into impassable obstacles.
Built in 2004, it’s the nation’s first building constructed entirely under the universal design concept, which incorporates features that allow people with disabilities to live in the space. It can be defined as “the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.”
As baby boomers age, will they change the paradigm of older adult housing?
As more boomers enter the senior generation, the planning and design community continues to seek ways to design health care and wellness facilities for this significant cohort. This is challenging because there is no clear definition of this cohort’s needs and desires with regard to the health care built environment.
Most stories that reach mainstream audiences about disability require the person to “overcome” it. You’ve seen the headlines: “Paralyzed bride walks down the aisle” or “Paralyzed student walks on graduation day.”
A recent report outlines a number of challenges to aging in place.