Housing should meet the needs of all individuals, regardless of age and ability level. The number of older adults in the U.S. is expected to grow tremendously between 2010 and 2050. Estimates are the population of older adults will increase from 40 million (or 13 percent of the population) to 89 million (or 20 percent of the estimated population). As a result, demand for more housing that is suitable for older adults is expected to increase. Indeed, the Journal of the American Planning Association has projected that by 2050, 21 percent of households will have at least one resident with a physical limitation.
Individuals need accessible, affordable, and integrated multi-generational housing options. It is critical to promoting independence. It also allows people to age successfully in their existing communities.