Designs for older people falling behind

Design-architecture-planning-vision-591x350This magazine article from Australian Ageing Agenda outlines three out-dated assumptions about dwelling designs and locations for older people.

Assumptions are: 1. All retirees have similar housing needs; 2. people over the age of 65 want to live in designated precincts; and 3. only young people want to live in apartments.

Although this is not new news to many in the design world, it seems property developers are still encouraging village style developments. This may be because of profit motives rather than liveability preferences of older people.  Or it could be because local council staff still think of ageing issues from the perspective of care.

The article was written by Robert Goodliffe.