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Universal Design and Meeting the Needs of an Aging Population

As the largest American generation, Baby Boomers will continue to shape the economy and markets throughout their retirement years. Their desire to live in their current homes may force many Boomers to pursue minor or even substantial remodeling projects to make their homes accessible to them as they age. Their desire to live in their current homes may force many Boomers to pursue minor or even substantial remodeling projects to make their homes accessible to them as they age. Physical and mental changes associated with aging can make independent living a challenge. Universal Design principles seek to make all environments equally usable regardless of ability. Universal design is not the same as Accessible Design, although the terms are often used interchangeably. Seven Principles of universal design are offered as a guide to help ensure equal use. Incorporation of these principles in new or existing homes and spaces will facilitate a safe, comfortable and useable living environment.

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Learning Objectives

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe current and predicted demographic trends in aging
  • Describe the effect aging has on health, behavior and everyday life
  • Analyze the impact that the aging population is having on environments and products
  • Identify the differences between accessible design and universal design
  • List the 7 principles of universal design and give an example of each
  • Describe how product manufacturers are implementing universal design principles

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