Howard and Sharon Johnson
Age-Friendly Innovators, Inc. was founded in 2013 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization to help address the disconnect between the houses we need as we age and the houses we currently have. While there is no single answer to this problem, educating the public, builders, remodelers, REALTORS®, and local, state and national policy makers is critical to finding solutions both practical and innovative.

According to the U.S. Bureau of the Census each day 10,000 people in the United States turn 65 and this will continue every day for the next 19 years. By 2030 one in five people in the U.S. will be over 65.

While most older adults surveyed indicate they plan to stay in their own home and community as they age the question becomes; will their home meet their future needs with respect to convenience, accessibility and safety?

A 2014 report by the Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies found that the five most important “universal design” features in the home are: no-step entries, extra-wide hallways, accessible living spaces on the ground floor and accessible light switches and door levers. However, the Harvard cites survey data indicating that only 1% of housing units in America have all five of these features. Or, as a Washington Post article headlined, “America is rapidly aging in a country built for the young.”