IBS 2012: Aging-in-Place Becomes Mainstream, Say NAHB Experts

The market for aging-in-place remodeling continues to grow as more homeowners choose to remain in their homes as they age, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). NAHB Certified Aging-In-Place Specialists (CAPS) experts were joined by representatives from AARP today for a press conference held at the International Builders' Show (IBS) to discuss how the aging-in-place market has changed as it continues to move into mainstream design, what consumers are looking for and what universal design and aging-in-place trends will be popular in the future.
Nine out of 10 people age 50 and older say they want to remain in their homes and communities for as long as possible. "As the first baby boomers turn 65 this year, CAPS professionals in remodeling and other industries are providing the expertise these families need to stay in their homes safely and in style," said Scott Sevon, CAPS, GMR, GMB, CGP, 2012 chair of the CAPS Board of Governors and a remodeler from Palatine, Ill. "This generation is typically healthier and wealthier than previous generations of similar age and expects their homes to reflect their active, independent and upscale lifestyles."
In 2011, NAHB introduced a new course, Universal Design/Build, that focuses on integrated home design features and product specifications that account for client differences due to circumstance, physical characteristics, health issues and aging. Universal Design/Build expands on the previous CAPS courses by highlighting the successful integration of universal design into all residential construction projects.

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