Susan Wright, managing principal at IBI Group, Gruzen Samton Architects and a member of the AIA New York Chapter Design for Aging Committee, identified the challenge. “That’s not the situation for most Americans. I want to be able to stay in my house. I want my mom to be able to stay in her house. It’s really traumatic for people to be forced out of their homes.”
Even if you are in superlative health, Wright advises homeowners in their 50s and 60s to consider aging-in-place principles when renovating. “I know,” she says, “nobody likes to think about it.” But Wright and the Aging in Place guide emphasize how subtle design choices can have a profound impact on how long you can comfortably live in your own home, without compromising your aesthetic aims.
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