Aging Begins At Home
Over the next 15 years, the explosive
growth of the nations senior population will present unprecedented
challenges. Unfortunately, millions of Americans will find they
lack enough savings to fund their retirements. Some will struggle
to afford their housing, while others will find their housing is
ill-suited for living independently. Many will eventually need help
with the activities of daily living, like eating, bathing,
and dressing, assistance that can be both costly and taxing on other
family members. Most older Americans will suffer from at least one
A successful response will require
a much higher level of focus and preparation than exists today in
the United States. Experimentation and innovation, as well as a
willingness to move beyond established conventions, are essential
elements of this process. An ability to see important connections
that span across the seemingly disparate disciplines of housing,
architecture, health care, information technology, telecommunications,
transportation, urban planning, and financial services is critical.
Communities across the country must make meeting the needs of their
older residents a priority consideration as they plan for the future.
This work must proceed apace with the urgency it deserves.
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