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House that allows you to age in place is revealed

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Home Design Challenge aims to help people age in place.

A first-of-its-kind home that epitomizes “ageless design” has been unveiled in Memphis, Tenn., the result of a groundbreaking challenge to architects nationwide to create a house that adults can stay in throughout their lives.

The winning design debuted Feb. 2, the result of an effort by AARP, AARP Foundation, Home Matters and the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation to create new standards in housing design so that more people can age in place.

The Memphis home will be donated to 54-year-old U.S. Army veteran Walter Moody.

“An overwhelming majority of older people want to stay in their homes and communities as they age,” said Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO of AARP. “This ‘ageless design’ contest provides a strong example of what we as a society need to do to help make this a reality.”

Jenkins called the competition a “wake-up call” designed to shed light on the need for better solutions that allow people to have more control over how and where they live.

The first-place design by IBI Group – Gruzen Samton has been incorporated into the Memphis house, which was donated by Wells Fargo in coordination with Home Matters’ on-the-ground partner, United Housing Inc., and with The Home Depot Foundation’s donation of materials and volunteer support.

Video: Home Today, Home Tomorrow Design Challenge Home Given to Veteran — 54-year-old U.S. Army veteran Walter Moody is the recipient of a first-of-its kind “ageless” designed home. The universally designed home is part of a groundbreaking effort by AARP, AARP Foundation, Home Matters and Wells Fargo.

“We view housing as the linchpin of well-being. It’s what drives our support for innovative designs that reshape the future of housing,” said Lisa Marsh Ryerson, president of AARP Foundation. “We all want a home that can adapt to our needs as we age. This competition brings workable housing options to life so people of all income levels, including the most vulnerable seniors, can see that independent living is possible for them.”

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