Age-Readiness of Retirement Living Alternatives

Age-Readiness of Retirement Living Alternatives

Many older adults choose to relocate from their ‘family home’ to retirement communities. These communities often promise easier living, a simpler downsized environment, and an active lifestyle. However, are these homes designed for aging? AgeLab is conducting a study to better understand if housing and communities designed for older adults are in fact ‘age-ready.’ Accessibility, technology integration, connectivity with a larger community, design and other features must come together as a coherent support system to make a house a home for later life. This work will produce a standardized assessment tool, guidance to developers, area agencies on aging, community planners and zoning boards, real estate management firms, government agencies, insurers and ultimately to older adults.

 

MIT AgeLab
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Cambridge, MA 02142
ph: 617.253.0753
email: agelabinfo(at)mit.edu

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