For the AJC
No one wants to think about getting old and it may seem peculiar to have those thoughts while in the throes of buying or building a new home. Not being able to charge up the steps, climb into the spa tub or stand at the bathroom sink aren't on the top of most buyers' concerns.
But Mary Lee Quinn thinks about these problems every day. The founder of the Atlanta chapter of the National Aging in Place Council, Quinn is a veteran of the assisted living business where she learned that baby boomers, in particular, do not relish the thought of moving to care communities.
"So the idea of aging in place has become a very big deal," said Quinn. "People are more interested in having their home equipped with an accessible design so they can stay in one place. Especially with the economy the way it is, it's becoming a bigger movement."
In the metro area, there are numerous builders and remodelers who specialize in creating or retrofitting houses to meet the needs of aging owners. One of them is Kelly Dempsey, the vice president of sales and marketing for Jim Chapman Communities, a company that specializes in homes for adults 55 and older.
"We actually call it forward thinking," said Dempsey. "We think what it would be like for our parents or grandparents to live in this house and what difficulties they may have."