Senior living is not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about interior design, but it should be considered. In the next ten to fifteen years, we can expect to see a boom in the number of people above the age of sixty. With that, there needs to be space for this generation to live comfortably, along with any support they may require.
Many neighborhoods and communities are not built to be inclusive or accessible, and for the older generation, this can pose some serious issues and risks. Accessibility can include the ease at which an individual can get from point A to point B or if it is easily accessible for someone in a wheelchair. New developments should be adaptable and flexible for their tenants.
The design of these developments should go beyond the building. It should also include the creation of amenities for the residents. One development offered things like shopping (both grocery and retail), fine dining, and even festivals. This approach allows residents to get everything they need and want without traveling too far from home, which can be challenging for some.
Reinventing the blueprint of senior living spaces is something that deserves more attention. As other generations move into these types of environments, inclusivity should be emphasized. Thinking more holistically and providing more accessible options can only benefit everyone in the long run.