That’s what Jeffrey Rosenfeld and Wid Chapman believe. The authors — a gerontologist and architect, respectively — of UnAssisted Living: Ageless Homes for Later Life, see a future where housing better reflects the lifestyle demands and preferences of today’s baby boomers. Their website, LivingUnassisted.com, breaks down this idea of “ageless” homes and communities (it also has stunning photographs of these cutting-edge, non-traditional senior housing options).
There are 7 main components to their philosophy, each covered in detail in the book:
- Bistro Living — A scaled down, age-friendly design.
- Three Generations Together — Becoming increasingly popular are intergenerational campuses, communities and homes.
- Getaways — More boomers want a home that’s more like a retreat than a residence in their retirement years.
- Off the Grid — Boomers are seeking unique, sustainable, and eco-friendly housing options.
- Working and Healing — A place to live and work, and a place that works with and for them as their health needs change: that’s what boomers want.
- Company of Friends — Living spaces should have flexible layouts and places for community gatherings, so residents don’t lead separate lives but integrated ones.
- Affordability – It’s no secret that senior housing is expensive. Boomers want creative options, but they must be financially feasible too.
Your turn: This is what Rosenfeld and Chapman believe boomers want. What does your ideal future retirement home or community look like (whether you’re a boomer or not)?