It's Not You, It's the Environment
Though styles change, the way we design and build homes to function has changed little over time. If people had not changed, that would not be problematic. Considering U.S. life expectancy in 1850 was about 38 years, this means the people living in these homes were mostly children and young adults and, for those groups, those buildings functioned well enough.
Today, we live in an exciting time in which life expectancies are nearing 80 years! Naturally, our bodies change with age. Even so, functioning differently at 80 than 30 does not mean we are less capable of independence nor of living vibrant, satisfying lives. If our environments are designed in anticipation of these typical changes associated with longer lifespans, we may continue to thrive throughout our lives.
Still, when these changes occur suddenly and we are living in buildings designed for 30 year olds, this can cause tremendous stress and self-doubt. Yet, most age-related changes can be managed simply. With minimal changes to our surroundings, safety, ease of
performing daily activities, as well as the frequency and quality of interaction with others are improved. Since most builders are still creating spaces in traditional ways, how can you know what changes your home needs? This is where Building DRS can help.
Led by Dr. Campbell, an expert in design and building for seniors, Building DRS can help. Whether you hope to stay in your current home or are considering relocating during retirement, don't let your surroundings debilitate you!
If anticipating a move, Building DRS can help you identify what is important to look for in a neighborhood or retirement community as well as assessing a house you are considering purchasing or a plan you are considering building. Even if you plan on staying in your current home, Building DRS can help you know what changes to make now to keep you safe and independent well into the future.
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