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Aging in Place: stats counter expectations about seniors moving from “home”

September 10, 2009

We saw an interesting article in the recent Next American City magazine about the unexpected “settling” of older Americans into their current residences.  “Recent data provided by the Brookings Institution reports that while 25 to 30 per cent of people in their 20s move each year, only 4 to 5 per cent of older Americans are changing residence.  This statistic challenges the conventional wisdom that seniors and the elderly are choosing to relocate for retirement.”  Maybe the economy?  But seniors are staying put – aging in place.

So the efficient cities of the future need to adjust their planning and development, transportation systems, senior services provisions, etc. to account for aging in place Baby Boomers.  Can historic neighborhoods and interesting places adjust to this demographic “glitch?”  Can we as preservationists/preservation commissions/planners take advantage of the trend, improving the quality of life not just for the aged but for everyone?

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