Options limited for older adults to ‘age in place’

Older adults will outnumber young people in the U.S. by 2035. It will be challenging to find housing solutions that allow older adults to "age in place."

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November 6, 2023 - 2:44 PM

Older adults will begin to outnumber young people in the United States in the coming decade. Photo by Dreamstime/TNS

As older adults begin to outnumber young people in the United States in the coming decade, advocacy groups are challenging states to shift away from single-family zoning in favor of housing solutions that allow older adults to “age in place.” 

By 2035, the U.S. will have more people over the age of 65 than under the age of 18, a first in the nation’s history. Recent census data suggests that the U.S. is short of aging-ready homes, with just 40% of the country’s housing considered accessible enough to meet the basic needs of older adults.

Organizations such as AARP are lobbying state by state for two housing approaches: the development of so-called middle housing such as duplexes, triplexes and townhomes, and the allowance of accessory dwelling units, often known as granny flats or in-law suites.

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