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Housing Across the Life Span: Consumer knowledge, preferences, and barriers

Updated September 22, 2020

Leacey Brown

SDSU Extension Gerontology Field Specialist

Written collaboratively by Leacey Brown, Jane Strommen, and Susan Ray-Degges

Aging in place is a high priority for many adults age 50 and older. Architectural barriers may make it difficult for adults to achieve this goal as they enter later stages of life when physical disability or activity limitation are more common. Design solutions are available to mitigate the impact of disability. However, these solutions have not been widely implemented in private housing. The discrepancy between consumer preferences and housing options available exists for a variety of reasons. Research indicates that individuals, families, and communities may benefit by increasing the implementation of design solutions to support successful aging in place.