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Thursday, 25 June 2020 18:12

Curating a Lifestyle

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It is time to face our responsibility and moral obligation to end labeling and include all bodies in our design intent.  No one person likes to be labeled.  Millennials hate their label and seniors feel like their assigned nomenclature means they are automatically excluded.

It is the age of inclusion and while we are in this dialogue, let's look at all of our labels as a society.

The "us versus them" mentality doesn't work for us any longer.  We are all the same.  We all want to be valuable members of society and our communities.  Remember that those over the age of 65 will outnumber those under the age of 18 within the next ten years.  Instead of pushing our sage employees out of the workplace, they become our mentors.  We design communities to contain this group but not all people want or need to live with same age individuals.  Personal interaction  with all walks of life keeps everyone sharp and aware.

I believe the new terms is "curating a lifestyle" that speaks to living, working, shopping, playing and generally appreciating a mix of all necessities.  Now that we have all felt the impact of social isolation, let's apply that to taking care of those who need our attention.  This includes provisions of success for all.  We know what contributes to well-being: access to nature, those who support us, and supporting others.  

Are you ready to curate a lifestyle of inclusion?


So, if a senior over 65 cannot care for his or herself, the private pay community option is always available, right? Wrong.

Within the next 10 years, there is a missing source of housing for seniors who do not qualify for HUD and who do not have the income or savings for private pay communities. This generation also had less children and subsequently, there is a shortage of caregivers. On whom are they to depend then?

I listened to a webinar this week by NIC entitled, "The New Growth Opportunity: Senior Housing for the Forgotten Middle" and the facts are staggering. By 2029, the US will be 700,000 short on available housing for the middle income senior.

By 2035, the over 65 demographic will outnumber those under the age of 18. It would seem that developers would be interested in housing for the middle income senior. They, however, are fixated on the upper income senior willing to pay north of $5,000 per month to live in a CCRC community or a life care community. Meanwhile, there is a growing census of those over 65 who need alternatives to this model of housing.

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In Portland, Oregon, there are zoning allowances for "Accessory Dwelling Units" on existing properties. Families can build what equates to a tiny house in their back yard for Grandma to function independently while joining the family for meals. Grandma is sometimes within 20 feet of help if a need arises.

I love it!

Perhaps there are other options such as co-housing communities or Nana could share her house with another senior to lessen costs. I suggest that there are options and given the short time frame to bring a solution to fruition, we need to get moving.