Where will Baby Boomers live?


Roughly 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 each day.  Born between 1946 and 1964, there are an estimated 72 Million American baby boomers, all considering how to age and where. 

In a new book “Unassisted Living:  Ageless Homes for Later Life” (Monacelli Press; $45) Wid Chapman, Architect, and Jeffrey P. Rosenfeld, a gerontologist specializing in the relationship between aging and the built environment collected 33 examples of residences that have been designed to bridge the distance between ‘one’s vital and declining years’.

Design features such as lack of thresholds at doors, surfaces that diffuse sunlight and accessible bathrooms and showers all contribute to a house suitable for aging.  Almost minimalist by design, the less-cluttered, more open pathways and fewer places to slip or bump into furniture are key.   By removing tripping hazards and streamlining the design, accessibility is achieved.

Today’s baby boomers want to remain independent as long as possible.  The whole idea of retirement is changing.  Technology allows people to combine leisure and work from a remote setting.  Gone is the idea of going south at a specified age.  Connection to family, grandchildren, parents are keeping people in one area rather than becoming snow birds and migrating south.


From New York Times article on November 24, 2011 by Julie Lasky

Categories : Baby Boomers

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