The New York Times interviewed the authors of a book called Unassisted Living: Ageless Homes for Later Life, which compiles examples of the kinds of homes aging Baby Boomers around the world are choosing. Maryland real estate agent and Senior Real Estate Specialist John Day can help you if you are a in this generation and looking for your next home in the area.
The authors of Unassisted Living found that because of their mindset and the economy, Boomers are turning from the notion that they should sell and move further South. Some want to alter their current homes to suit them as they age because they like where they are. Still others either want to be close to or already live with elderly parents and adult children. Those that are considering retirement communities prefer those that are suited to an active lifestyle.
One of the more intriguing philosophies they found was the opposite of most homes built for those who are aging:
“…most of the homes in the book speak to a Western medical aesthetic [of making it easier for older residents to get around with accommodations like grab bars], but a few support non-Western ideas about healing… that the home can challenge and stimulate inhabitants to keep them youthful. Everything about that home is colorful. It’s angular. It’s full of intentional surprises and quirks.”