Understanding Ageless Design

Activities that the young and athletic may not even notice they’re doing can be difficult for senior citizens. Nancy Caggia, a part of her Aging In Place series, discusses nine design choices that differ from basic construction and can make all the difference to the elderly. Perhaps more significantly, whether building new or remodeling a room or two, an extra 5% up front can save 35-40% in retrofitting charges down the road. Of course, anyone contemplating new construction should consider this; but it’s also worth noting that 70% of senior citizens spend the rest of their life where they spent their 65th birthday. If you’re nearing that 65 mark, and contemplating remodeling that kitchen or bathroom, you may want to take these things into account for your own benefit.