While 96 percent of respondents in a survey say it’s important to be as independent as possible as they get older, only 21 percent of them plan to incorporate technology solutions, or to remodel and retrofit their homes in order to stay in place as they age.
Booming boomers: Perplexing problems
The number of Americans 65-years-of-age or older is predicted to grow to 83.7 million by 2050, almost double from the 43.1 million in 2012, according to the U.S. Census.
However, the survey shows that nearly 80 percent of 60 to 80 year olds aren’t thinking about, or aren’t sure, whether they’ll upgrade or update their homes. In addition, more than one-fifth of respondents don’t know where to start or what’s useful to them when it comes to upgrading their homes with technology.