U of M exhibit looks at making old age more livable

The first wave of the nation’s 70 million baby boomers hit age 65 this year. With this generation predicted to live longer – and live longer at home – planners are looking at ways to make homes and communities more senior-friendly.

Glenn Ruffenach wrote about this trend for the The Wall Street Journal’s September 19, 2009 Personal Finance blog.

The University of Minnesota’s Goldstein Museum of Design has built what they’re calling a Smart House, where visitors can experience what the home of the future might look like. The house belongs to fictional senior couple Jim and Sarah, who renovated their traditional home with stuff designed to make life a little more accessible as they age – like special showers and kitchens. Where do you want to spend your old age?

Smart House, Livable Community, Your Future

The exhibit runs Feb. 5 to May 22. Opening Reception Feb. 4, 6-8 p.m.

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