EXERCISE 101 – How To Design for Senior Citizens (Denell Jackson-Ontiveros)

This article discussed how the population pyramid is starting to reverse meaning that birth rates are decreasing and life expectancy is increase which means that architects and designers have to be more cautious about the elderly when they design. The article mentions many shocking statistics that help show just how many elderly people there are. For example, there were more than 30 million people over the age of 60 in Brazil which is 14.6% of the population. We want to keep the elderly population active and they do this with four pillars; health, continued learning and education, social participation and security, and protection.  When working with the physical environment, architects and urban planners have to consider the planning and land use, public space and public building deign, housing design and cost options and lastly, means of transportation design.  External spaces should be clean, safe, and well-kept. It's extremely important to make sure that there is anti-slipping flooring wide enough for wheelchairs. When is comes to housing, it should be affordable and near services, like hospitals and fire departments, and accessible interiors to provide free movement. Designing for the elderly is something that is difficult and needs to be considered more often when it comes to upcoming projects. Designs need to include extra lighting in work areas, anti-slipping floors, wide spaces, grab bars, avoiding carpeting, and appropriate heights of furniture and cabinets. Upcoming projects and developments should not just be focused on the younger population but should also consider the elderly population and should be useful for everyone.

Here is the link for more information about this link: https://www.archdaily.com/900713/how-to-design-for-senior-citizens

Comments (3)

  1. It is very interesting to see how design changes when catering to a specific type of client. I wonder if there is a standard set of design features that could be applied to all types of senior housing.

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