Getting homes ready for aging homeowners

Originally published in the Santa fe New Mexican
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Ray Gee looks at Santa Fe’s aging population and sees opportunity.
The number of households with at least one person over the age of 65 is close to 7,000 — almost 23 percent, he said. As the baby boomer generation retires, that percentage is likely to increase. Read the entire article here

Authentically Designed: Aging gracefully at home

Saturday, October 25, 2014 7:00 pm
Growing old is a privilege. How can we transition into this chapter independently, with ease and grace? As long as we have the wherewithal to tackle remodels or are in the market to purchase a home, there are universal design practices to help make aging in place a possibility. Of course we want it all — both form and function — and with careful planning, both are achievable. Read The Entire Article


August 29, 2007
The Parade of Homes pits builders against one another like suitors on “The Bachelor.” They flex their muscles, share their best ideas and try to show off their sensitive side, all in hopes of winning hearts. Read The Entire Article

‘Aging-in-place’ features for the home gain higher profile as baby boomers get older

March 7, 2014
At 72 and 65, Tom and Susie McSweeny love to ballroom dance. “Tom does a mean samba,” Susie says.

Still, Tom has arthritis. So, despite their active lifestyle, when the McSweenys built their Edgewater, Md., house in 2013, they asked their architect to incorporate “aging-in-place” features — including an elevator, wide doorways to accommodate a wheelchair and a flat, no-step entryway — into the design. Read The Entire Article

For an aging parent, an ‘in-law suite’ can provide a home within a home

August 14, 2014
Two years ago, Diane Harris moved out of her longtime home and moved in with her daughter, Rachael, and Rachael’s spouse, Wendy Harris. Now Rachael and Wendy have created a home of Diane’s own under their roof in Springfield.

Because health issues made it unsafe for Diane, now 78, to live alone, Rachael and Wendy moved Diane into their guest room in 2012. But the split-level house had steps between rooms that were risky for Diane to negotiate, and the guest room was “tight quarters” for Diane, Wendy says. Read The Entire Article