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Why Urban Planners Need to Think Twice About "Aging in Place"

Why Urban Planners Need to Think Twice About "Aging in Place"
Why Urban Planners Need to Think Twice About "Aging in Place", Meramec Bluffs Retirement Community in Missouri.. Image © Wikimedia user Luke Smith
Meramec Bluffs Retirement Community in Missouri.. Image © Wikimedia user Luke Smith

In many western countries, the demographic pyramid is beginning to look inverted, as elderly populations grow and increasingly few children are born at the other end of the scale. How, asks Metropolis Magazine, does society provide for the growing ranks of the retired and newly elderly? Elderly care scandals and and discomfort with the idea of retirement communities has led to a search for ways to care for senior citizens in their own homes. Urban planning expert Deane Simpson, however, warns against accepting the idea of what he calls "aging in place" entirely uncritically: his exploration of the way current retirement communities function goes into the social motivations behind care homes and the United States' elderly communities, and discusses the future of retirement for the emerging baby-boomer generation of retirees. Read the full story over at Metropolis Magazine here.

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Cite: Dario Goodwin. "Why Urban Planners Need to Think Twice About "Aging in Place"" 09 Aug 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/771231/expert-deane-simpson-discusses-aging-communities/> ISSN 0719-8884
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