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by Shannon Guzman, Public Policy Institute, July 10, 2017
Insight on the Issues: Expanding Implementation of Universal Design and Visitability Features in the Housing Stock
NEW PUBLICATION: Insight on the Issues: Housing Policy Solutions to Support Aging with Options (PDF)
Blog: Building Livable Communities for All Ages in Washington, D.C.
Strategies to Meet the Housing Needs of Older Adults
In less than 15 years, one in five Americans will be age 50 and older. Our rapidly aging population will have a vast impact on our communities and how well suited they are to meet our range of needs at every life stage. Older adults want to remain in their homes and communities as they age. However the risk of developing health issues can increase with age and our homes must be able to support family members that might develop a disability.
Right now, many homes across the country contain physical barriers that keep people isolated: difficult to move from room or room, have walkways and hallways too narrow to accommodate a wheelchair or lack features that allow people to bathe without significant help. Therefore it’s imperative that we find and implement solutions to make homes safer and easier to navigate, especially for people with limited mobility.
This publication raises awareness about the need for universal design and visibility features that make homes more accessible for older adults and their families and also highlights actions that communities can take to encourage the creation of more accessible housing.
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A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers
By 2030, one out of every five people in the United State will be 65-plus. Will your community be ready?
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