The Sage Companion Project offers a Practical Guide for planning where and how to live - regardless of age or physical ability. In it we have also included talking points to use during conversation about multi-generation-friendly homes.
You may note that there are so many good choices. As "boomers" demand sustainable excellence, we influence design innovation. The result can be comfortable "Feathered-Nests" -- now, and for years to come.
This all can come together when cultural beliefs, creative ideas, and personal views contribute to a new vision of aging.
THE TALKING POINTS
in a beautiful and functional home designed for a lifetime
Begin the discussion that can lead to planning a place to live. As to ask "the right"questions. Here are several of our favorites:
1. Do you have a friend or relative who might feel more comfortable visiting you if your home were more accessible?
2. Do you know how to figure out cost-effective ways to plan and make happen a home that not only functions well, but is also really beautiful?
3. Wouldn't it be nice if we could stay in our homes (age-in-place) instead of needing to settle for costly and impersonal alternatives?
NOTE: We wouldn't ask these questions without supplying a basic response. Find out how to do this, and make it a beautiful, comfortable and functional dwelling place for a lifetime with the Sage's eBook, AGING-IN-PaLACE.
KNOCK-KNOCK. WHO'S THERE?
Eighty (80%)percent of Post-50-People report that
they prefer live in their own homes.
In planning for their own independence-- sustainable excellence-- it seems that the majority of Post-50-People, and "Boomers" (1946- 1964) are interested in and are taking certain steps that can lead to quality of life --today and into the future..
At The Sage Companion Project like this large group of older adults, we are drawn to the idea of happiness in self-assisted living. As we discussed in an earlier segment, the first step might be to become familiar with the vocabulary of “aging-in-place” ... .
The desire to live in a home of choice actually may change the way homes are designed.
THE "TINY" QUICK START GUIDE
just 46 pps, 8,600 words
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3 EASY STEPS TO LIFELONG HOMES
you can learn how to put
into action in pursuit of
making your home an accessible"palace"
regardless of age or physical ability.
Step 1. LEARN the terminology of aging in place. (preview is below)
Step 2. CONSULT with experts in terms they understand.
Step 3. USE consumer influence and buying power to demand and expect age-friendly excellence.
STEP I: LEARN TO TALK THE TALK
Accessibility/accessible - A term that describes the usability of a product or service by people with physical disabilities- sometimes referred to as Universal (accessible) design - a broad-spectrum ideas meant to produce buildings, products and environments that are inherently accessible to people-regardless of age. Other names for Universal Design: Accessible Homes, Baby Boomer Dwellings, Adaptive Architecture, Diverse Design, 55+ Homes, and Aging- in-Place Design.
Active living community -A community designed to provide opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to incorporate physical activity into their daily routines
Aging in place -The ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.
Community- A specific group of people, often living in a defined geographic area, who share a common culture, values, and norms and who are arranged in a social structure according to relationships the community has developed over a period of time. The term “community” encompasses worksites, schools, and health care sites.
Connectivity -The ease of travel between two points. The degree to which streets or areas are interconnected and easily accessible to one another. An example of high connectivity would be a dense grid pattern in a downtown area.
Energy smart -Meeting your energy needs cost effectively and with the least impact on the environment.
" The desire to stay in our own homes
The home-building industry expects that aging will be the second-biggest influence on home design in the next few years [source: NAHB]. A concept home received a coveted 2012 Best of 50+ Housing Award from the NAHB for a home that meets the physical needs and lifestyle of baby boomers. http://www.udeworld.com/news.html
The common dialogue these dayss: “Please do not patronize us as 'senior citizens' - because despite certain negative stereotypes about aging, we really are quite clear about our choices for a place to live for a lifetime."
TALK THE TALK
Green design -Using natural products and safer procedures to protect people’s health and well-being.
Green space -Open, undeveloped land with natural vegetation.
Healthy community -A community that is continuously creating and improving those physical and social environments and expanding those community resources that enable people to mutually support each other in performing all the functions of life and in developing to their maximum potential.
LEED -An acronym for The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System™. LEED is a voluntary, consensus-based standard to support and certify successful green building design, construction and operations.
Mixed-use development -Juxtaposition of land classifications, such as residential, office, commercial, industrial, park, and flood plain within a given area.
Modal choices - Transportation options; one's preferred method of transportation, such as walking, bicycling, using an automobile, riding a bus or rail, etc.
Neotraditional development - Characterized by urban regions comprising many cohesive neighborhoods, each with their own commercial core and linked to one another by some form of transit…. The neighborhood centers may include retail establishments, offices, service providers, cinemas, health clubs, dense housing, and a transit hub.
New Urbanism -An approach to development and redevelopment emphasizing good connection with surrounding neighborhoods, developments, or towns, while protecting regional open space. It includes various types of building seamlessly integrated - workplaces, retail establishments, and different types of housing, has a neighborhood center within easy and safe walking distance from all dwellings in the neighborhood.
Quality of life -An overall sense of well-being with a strong relation to a person's health perceptions and ability to function.