Age in Place: Accessible Design, Smart Houses, & You
Plan on working with Millennials, Boomers, or generations in between? This course is for you.
The aging Baby Boomer population and advancing technology, is changing both new construction and existing housing. Builders, agents, and others in the industry will be challenged to find housing designed for all of life’s stages, abilities, and sophistications. Smart Home amenities (such as “assistive domotics”) will help aging or disabled populations stay in their homes while also enticing Millennials and others with enhanced control and comfort (86% of millennials are willing to spend more money for already implemented smart home technology). Find out about these new consumer demands, accessible design features, trending technology, and the value cost benefit in the market so you’re ready for Any Generation.
- Learn how to Identify and explain–for the benefit of buyers and sellers–Accessible Design features in houses
- Be ready to work with a new set of demands from both an aging population and an increasingly sophisticated new group of home buyers.
- Find out what’s available and what’s trending in Smart Home Technology
- Be able to describe to clients how technology and design can work together or separately to monitor health, provide safety, and improve a home’s habitability.
- Compare and analyze various features of accessible design and smart houses from a cost/benefit basis
Did You Know?
- The baby boomer generation is approximately 20% of the US population—but that they are responsible for more than half the consumer spending?
- “Assistive domotics” is an application of home automation that allows elderly or disabled people to continue to live in their own homes. Bluetooth sensors which log activity, and report to family members who cannot be present 24/7.
- Age-friendly elements, such as zero-step entrances, single-floor living and wide halls and doorways that can accommodate walkers and wheelchairs are currently offered in only 3.5% of homes.
- By 2035 . . .
- More than 1 in 5 people in the US will be age 65 and older and there will be 9.3 million one-person households aged 80 or over– 57% of households in that age group.
- 17 million older-adult households will have at least one person with a mobility disability.
- 2 million households are projected to have self-care disabilities by 2035 and need homes with modifications.
About This Session
Offered in increments from 2-4 hours; can be segmented to focus on specific content (eg, “Smart Home Technology”); an appraisers-only version is also available