More and more people today are building houses with the idea of aging-in-place. This is not only a consideration for seniors but also for younger people who want to stay put and grow older in the house they are living in.
Assistive devices and technologies minimize individual’s dependence on others and helps improve quality of life. Devices such as wheelchairs, visual aids, hearings aids, and specialized computer software and hardware system aids in enhancing hearing, vision, mobility, or communication of the elderly and disabled people.
A National Building Museum exhibit explores the need for housing that is not only more affordable for future buyers, but will address the needs of an aging population. Technology and function merge in ways that bring multipurpose to spaces that were previously accepted as static.
Older people have the highest rate of home-ownership in the country — about 80 percent. The great majority live in single-family homes, most of them poorly suited for the disabilities common in later life.
As the aging population expands, some cities are implementing strategic plans to ensure the needs of the elderly are met — especially in terms of mobility and housing.
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.