U.S. population is aging and most people want to continue living independently in their own homes

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From Housing Zone:

The U.S. population is aging and many seniors want to continue living independently in their own homes. Creating a safe, livable environment to foster aging in place through universal design without the home screaming "this was made for old people" can be an easy task for professional remodelers.

Good design is good design

The same design features that make a home comfortable for older people also work for younger families.

"Aging in place continues to grow in popularity among homeowners because applying universal design principles in the home transforms it into a multi-generational living space," notes Mary Jo Peterson, CAPS, on behalf of Delta Faucet. "Homeowners want safe functionality, but don't want to give up attractive design. The ultimate design goal starts with an emphasis on user-friendly products with a great aesthetic that is easy to maintain. Products must be easy to grip or grasp, easy to understand and operate, and, when possible, they should include fail-safe features. Subtle integration of safety and support are also critical."

More: http://www.housingzone.com/design/trends-aging-place-and-universal-design-remodeling
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