New Buildings for Older People: Silver Architecture & Design

An article titled “New Buildings for Older People” was published in the New York Times on Nov. 1, 2014.  The author, Louise Aronson, is a geriatrician in San Francisco who also makes house calls for her patients. Dr. Aronson states that the house calls are necessary not because her clients are confined to their homes but because the health care facilities are too difficult for her patients to navigate safely. Dr. Aronson wrote this article in response to the difficulties she faces when trying to take her father to just about any place around town, not just his doctor visits.  Dr. Aronson suggests the next movement in architecture and design should be “Silver” architecture.  The design features she suggests be incorporated into “Silver” architecture are not “novel”, they are just common sense.  A few of the features she suggests are well-lit, wide open spaces that accommodate people walking side-by-side, decrease noise and overstimulation, and opportunities for rest with appropriate seating along regular intervals. This is a great read for anyone interested in a built environment that is safe and enjoyable for all of us at anytime in our lives.    New Buildings for Older People     

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