April 02, 2014

Apartment Therapy – Moving Downstairs: Thinking About Design as We Get Older

This is the first time I've ever seen one of my favorite design blogs address the issue of living space design for older adults. Because my mom is in her 80s, this really struck home. It's an absolutely wonderful conversation starter, and something I'll be munching on for awhile.

Photo credit/props to the absolutely lovely Swiss organization, Senior Design Factory, that teams up younger and older people on creative projects
From the post by Maxwell Ryan, the Founder of Apartment Therapy:
We, as a family, have just started to think about this and talk about it, which is difficult but nice. In a few short conversations with my mother and brother this weekend, beyond the tip toeing and fear of being stuck like this forever, there were a few bright spots. I was surprised and delighted when [my mother] greeted the thought of moving out of her house (with the stairs) with a little excitement. She had a vision of a new space that would contain her art studio, be more comfortable and closer to us. Or there was undertaking a long talked about, but never done renovation which could reconfigure everything and create a far better insulated home, cutting down on the big heating bills in winter.
Suddenly we were talking about options.
Apartment Therapy – Moving Downstairs: Thinking About Design as We Get Older 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A good conversation to have now, to start planting the seeds. Ask around your friends and they will all have interesting stories about the challenge that is downsizing/moving an older person in their life.