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Impact of Aging Toolbox


As people live longer, managing the needs of the aging population is more important than ever. The rapid growth in the number of patients over the age of 65, coupled with mass retirement of boomer-age providers, is putting pressure on an already-stressed healthcare system.

Healthcare leaders must address the complex needs and desires of aging individuals while maintaining the bottom line.  And while strategies to support aging should focus on minimizing the strain of disability And illness, there is a large diversity among older generations and the strengths and assets of older individuals must be nurtured as well.

Universal Design Models are changing the lives of aging individuals for the better, enabling flexible and adaptable spaces to support individuals with a range of abilities. Additionally, medical and technological advances are allowing aging individuals to receive medical care in the comfort of their own homes. The Impact Of Aging Toolbox is aimed at helping facility designers and medical professionals understand and implement the best possible solutions to support the challenges and opportunities brought about by the growing senior population.  These innovative solutions support:

  • Universal Design as Sustainable Design
  • Intergenerational Workplaces
  • Intergenerational Communities
  • Aging in Place
  • In-Home Hospitalization
  • Minimizing Transitions among Care Settings
  • Mobile Health and Telemedicine

The Impact Of Aging Toolbox Contains:


An Issue Brief and Executive Summary

“Universal Design: Designing for Human Needs”, an executive summary and issue brief, outlines the current state of aging and associated health outcomes, the alignment between universal design and sustainable design strategies inspired by environments for aging, and universal design models that enable flexible and adaptable spaces to support aging needs and human needs”.



Universal Design Strategies: Impact of Aging Considerations Checklist
This tool supports a universal design approach to environments for aging populations and is structured around three sectors of the built environment – home and community (residential), healthcare, workplace.

Design Strategies

Aging often involves a multitude of changing needs and priorities. However, there are human needs and desires that remain constant throughout the life course. Design strategies for aging must not only address basic physiological and safety needs, but attend to higher-level human needs as well.  The universal design approach is being adopted by many forward-thinking designers who aim to support equitable, flexible, and accessible environments for all users.


Project Briefs


Issue Brief

Related Resource

Lessons Learned



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