First-Time Home Buyers Gain Traction [infographic]
HOUSING CHALLENGES FOR AN AGING POPULATION
The U.S. is at the beginning of a 20-plus-year surge in the older population, and is thus at a critical point for putting in place the affordable housing options, accessibility features, and in-home care services that will be needed over the next two decades.
Over the next 20 years, the population aged 65 and older is expected to increase from 48 million to 79 million.
By 2035, one in five people in the U.S. will be aged 65 and over. Up from one in seven today.
Housing design features that increase accessibility can allow those with mobility disabilities much more independence in the home. Currently, only 1% of the housing stock offers all five of these features.
- Zero-step entrances into the home
- Single-floor living
- Wide halls and doorways to accommodate a wheelchair
- Electrical controls reachable from a wheelchair
- Lever-style handles on faucets and doors