In the three years that I have been writing Housing Matters, the beginning of an age wave has reached our shores. The first baby boomer turned 65 on January 1, 2011. The 78 million of us born between 1946 and 1964 will be turning 65 at the rate of 10,000 a day for the next 20 years. This age wave, or “Silver Tsunami” as it has been termed by some, will result in the 65 and older population doubling from 2000 levels by 2030. The chart shows the numbers for the population of Virginia. Our population aged 65 and up will more than double during this same period. This shift in the demographics of our population will change the dynamics of our housing needs dramatically. (Not to mention nearly every other area of our lives!)
Seniors in overwhelming numbers indicate that they would prefer to remain in their own homes as they age. However, most of the homes we live in are what have been called “Peter Pan” housing (for people who never grow old). There are too many steps, the doors and hallways are too narrow, the bathrooms are too small and inaccessible to anyone with mobility issues. These are just a few of the common obstacles we face when trying to age in place in our current homes. Clearly something needs to be done! Home modification to increase accessibility and ease of use can make a huge difference in the life of any aging resident struggling to stay in the home they love. By calling on the services of a licensed contractor who is CAPS certified and has experience in Universal Design home modifications, you or a loved one can age in place safely and comfortably for years to come.
The senior remodeling experts at Solid Rock Enterprises, Inc. have been helping seniors remain in their homes in Central and Southwest Virginia for over ten years now. If you or a loved one is struggling to remain in your home, the time has come to pick up the phone and make your life easier by modifying your home. We have the expertise and experience to transform your home from a Peter Pan house into a home for a lifetime. Why suffer in a dangerous, outdated, and inaccessible house when we can transform your home into a warm, inviting, and universally accessible home? If you think you or a loved one would benefit from having your home modified to more easily age in place, do yourself a favor and drop me a note by mail or email or take a moment of your time and give me a call. I would appreciate knowing if you or a loved one have need of our services and if there are specific areas regarding housing and aging in place you would like to know more about. I am looking forward to three more years of writing Housing Matters by which time 11 million MORE Americans will have turned 65! Thank you so much for your help and thanks for reading Housing Matters!
You can reach me at:
Solid Rock Enterprises, Inc.
428 W Riverside Dr
Salem, VA 24153
Solid Rock has written many articles for Housing Matters, including subject matter for Retirement, Enjoying the Outdoors and Aging In Place. Please visit our Housing Matters Index of articles here.