Description of Practice Perspectives: Interdisciplinary Planning and Universal Design
Now that the post-World War II baby boomers are entering their senior years, the proportion of older adults in the United States is steadily increasing. According to the Administration on Aging, people over age 65 comprised about 12.4% of the U.S. population in 2000 (2014). By 2030, however, 19% of Americans, or almost one in five, will be over age 65 (Administration on Aging, 2014). These citizens are enjoying longer lifespans than the generation before, and many were raised in an environment of active participation in change. As we experience visual changes common among older adults, baby boomers have the potential to effect improved access as advocates of universal design.