The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that the population of older Americans (over 65) will rise from 35 million in 2000 to more than 73 million in 2030.
With medical technology advancements in recent decades, Americans tend to live longer than decades earlier. According to the National Vital Statistics Reports released by the CDC, on the basis of mortality experienced in 2006, a person aged 65 years could expect to live an average of 18.5 more years for a total of 83.5 years.
“The State of Aging and Health in America 2007” report says two factors are contributing to the doubling of the 65 year and up population over the next 25 years—longer life spans and aging baby boomers. As more and more research is conducted on this population, doctors and service providers are finding new, impressive ways to accommodate challenges that come with aging.
One of the most important challenges for this population is within the living environment. Taking into consideration common medical conditions, there are clear design attributes that are geared toward making a home more accessible to this population.
Some common ailments that impact older adults include arthritis, vision loss, hearing loss and strength weakening—these all have an impact on the living environment, but can also have a reduced impact based on the design elements of the space.
Home Advisor’s report offers a comprehensive list of how homeowners entering their well-earned leisure years, can prepare their home so that they can live comfortably for many more years than previously anticipated.
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