America’s aging population spurs this greater national trend
NEWPORT, OREGON, May 21, 2013 – People plan for college, weddings, vacation – but aging? The latter concept doesn’t seem to receive much attention in our society but is a striking reality for anyone planning to retire with comfort and ease. So when Gary and Shirley “Jay” Hunter began looking for their dream home, the concept of “aging in place” was a top concern and Fowler Homes, Inc. was there to help.
“We wanted to make sure we picked a home in a community that would remain convenient and accessible well into our old age and Wilder Newport seemed like a natural choice,” says Jay. “We didn’t want to trade our community-oriented lifestyle and sustainable values either,” adds Gary.
Aging in place is a national movement to support the overwhelming majority of Americans who want to remain in their homes for as long as possible. According to the latest census findings, 18.9% of people living in Newport are 65 or older, which is nearly 5% higher than the rest of Oregon. More builders are working with designers to create homes specifically for aging in place.
Fowler Homes, Inc. is headquartered in Dallas, Oregon and builds customized homes from beginning to end. President John Fowler says he has worked with many homeowners for whom aging in place a top concern. “The baby boomer generation is getting to that retirement age,” says Fowler. “They’re a big part of the population and we’ve revamped our business to support their needs for aging in place.”
These specially designed homes have features like low maintenance exteriors, one-level floor plans to eliminate stairs, doors that are a minimum of 36 inches wide, non-slip flooring, and more. For an expanded list of common features for aging in place visit: http://www.ageinplace.org.
All of Wilder’s sustainable, expertly crafted homes are set amid a beautiful planned community on the central Oregon coast. The people-friendly neighborhood is near Yaquina Bay in Newport’s South Beach neighborhood and features walking trails through a sustainable forest. Their single-level home option and flat terrain ensure ease and accessibility for anyone concerned about aging in place.