Inside E Street looks at the shifting housing needs of boomers, as the first of 76 million begin to cross the 65-year-old milestone this year. Will boomers reinvent how they retire and where, as they have so many other phases in life? Will this huge potential market of home buyers and renters demand housing to fit their needs: for community, for easy physical access, for beauty in the most functional areas of their homes?
See also: Boomers redefine retirement living.
Lark McCarthy talks to Mary Jo Peterson, interior design consultant, and Andrew Carle, founding director of the program in Senior Housing Administration at George Mason University, about cutting-edge housing trends that may become more popular and available in the near future.
For some, the solution will be multigenerational housing. Others may be more interested in a "village" approach, which keeps them in their own homes and neighborhoods, but connects them will neighbors to pool resources and contract for eldercare services as they age. For still others, brand-new forms of housing, sometimes called "granny flats," will attach to the homes of younger relatives, or provide an apartment for live-in help.
Watch these three segments of Gimme Shelter for answers to your questions about where you might live in the coming years.