“Boomer’s” Design Trends, and Why Nobody Puts These Babies in the Corner
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According to a 2016 Population Reference Bureau study, the number of Americans over age 65 is projected to more than double from 46 million today to over 98 million by 2060, and will make up almost 39% of our nation’s population. In recent years, early baby boomers have begun to retire, and their preferences are already shaping senior living design trends as the industry rushes to keep up. With longer life expectancies, more active lifestyles, and more particular expectations of their residences, what are the most popular senior living design trends today?
1. Prioritizing Wellness Programs
Seniors today are living longer than in any other period in history. They have more active lifestyles, and because they place more value on maintaining fitness and personal wellness, many communities are investing in the senior living design trend of offering resort-caliber spas and fitness rooms. Depending on the area, some even open their wellness programs to non-residents, capitalizing on the demand for senior specific health classes, cooking demonstrations, yoga and meditation programs, and senior-targeted fitness classes and sports equipment.
2. Flexibility for the Future
Much like businesses embracing flexibility in design for collaboration among their employees, seniors today want open, flexible spaces that can be used for a variety of activities and for social gatherings. Communities recognize the need for common rooms that can easily be modified for a number of activities and events, in response to more active senior social calendars. Also, as these demands evolve in the coming years, spaces should be able to further transform with minimal renovation.
3. Digital in the Domain
While there is a notable digital divide between younger and older Americans, seniors today are more connected than ever. According to the Pew Research Center, more than 4 in 10 seniors now own smartphones, and many seniors, especially those that are younger, more educated, or more affluent, report “owning and using various technologies at rates similar to adults under the age of 65.” A senior living design trend gaining traction is the integration of technology into daily life, and the incorporation of conveniences like USB connections into millwork and the availability of WI-FI are desirable features for this digitally dependent demographic.
4. Weaving Worlds Together
In your typical senior living center, a separation exists between the residents of the facility and the outside community. As seniors age and getting around becomes more difficult, this divide can not only be isolating, but also detrimental to the health and wellness of an already vulnerable population. However, an extremely beneficial senior living design trend making its mark is the inclusion of public services as community offerings in the development of communities. Not only are businesses like upscale salons, rehab services, art studios, and convenience stores being positioned within the development to make them easily accessible, the rent these outside businesses pay to the community helps to offset costs.
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