Imagine a world where every house is ‘visitable’

Future-Proof: Navigate Threats, Seize Opportunities at ICNY 2018 | Jan 22-26 at the Marriott Marquis, Times Square, New York

It's difficult to make predictions, especially about the future. But one thing we know for sure -- we are all getting older, and in increasing numbers. In three years, about one-third of the U.S. population will be 50 and older, an unprecedented demographic milestone. It is the first time in history that a nation has achieved such an extended life span for so many of its citizens. Membership in this extraordinary cohort, however, is one that many in the over-50 crowd are not ready to acknowledge, especially the ever-youthful baby boomers. Even though the calendar says they are getting older, they are not growing old. Planning for their old age while they're planning a new house is, well, unthinkable. But age-denying boomers and homeowners of any age might consider making a new house "visitable," on the off chance that someone using a walker or a wheelchair will be visiting. This person could be a parent, a grandparent, or a much younger person -- for example, an Iraqi war veteran. Tho...