Attractive universal design home products for aging Boomers
According to a recent AARP study, 89 percent of people over age 55 want to stay in their homes as long as possible. At the same time, Baby Boomers are beginning to enter retirement. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the number of Americans over age 65 will increase by 79 percent in the next 20 years.
This means that as Boomers age and choose to remain in their homes, they will need to retrofit their homes to accommodate their needs.
Mary Umberger, a reporter for Tribune Newspapers put it best in a March 1 article:
"If so, something's got to give. Sorry, but aged knees tend not to handle stairs well. Arthritic fingers are known to struggle with doorknobs. And at any age, a wheelchair might become one's constant companion. Most of our houses just aren't designed to accommodate a decline in physical mobility."
Her article highlights five products that Boomers should consider installing to make their homes accessible as they age. Each of these products was created by following the principles of "Universal Design," which aims to make all homes accessible to everyone regardless of age or disability.
Here are photos and buying information of each product Umberger recommends. For her complete article, please click here.