New report on housing needs for an aging population

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Data from the 2011 American Housing Survey was used to provide estimates of housing units with aging-accessible features, such as handrails or grab bars in the bathroom, a wheelchair-accessible kitchen, a bathroom and bedroom on the first floor, and a step-free entryway into the home.

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.