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Planning for an Aging Society (PAS 451)

By Deborah A. Howe, Nancy J. Chapman, Sharon A. Baggett

As Americans age, planners must be cognizant of future needs. This timely report examines the specific needs of the elderly and how planners can provide for them.

Published by APA Planning Advisory Service, 1994

Format: Paperback, 64 pp.

ISBN: 978-1-611900-42-2

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The demographics of the United States are gradually changing. Americans are living longer and having fewer children. By the year 2030, more than 20 percent of the population will be age 65 or older. As a result, society faces a newly pressing need for elder housing.

This report explains the physical and psychological needs of the elderly. The authors give an overview of the processes that affect perception and ability as we age.

They then move to the wants and needs of the elderly, most notably the desire to remain in their own homes or neighborhoods. Strategies such as elder cottages, accessory apartments, and innovative financial plans are presented as ways for seniors to both remain independent and enjoy a high standard of living. Sections on manufactured housing, site planning, transit, and the fiscal impact of high concentrations of elderly persons complete the discussion.

A great overview of possible options on a topic that every planner should be considering.

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