Architects for Urban Aging – 3

Why wait seventeen years? The second 2030 scenario in Silver Linings: The Active Third Age and The City is real in 2013. Intergenerational living. Likely research findings in Canada wouldn’t be far off from the UK, when this RIBA report states that 73% of 50-somethings expect to be carers for a family member when they become third-agers.

Pick up on any conversation today and someone you know will say that not only are they looking after their 82 year parent, but they also have a 24 year old at home in some co-dependence – and in some cases child minding or parenting their grandchildren. Is this just one of the multi-complex descriptors of an “active” third-ager”?

Silver Linings quote: “Many Third-agers in 2030 are struggling on inadequate retirement incomes… and ever tighter familial interdependency is being forged in some quarters, with increasing numbers of extended families living under one roof…”

If we’re reacting awkwardly in conversation to this scenario now in 2013, which we are – can you imagine how ordinary this way of living will be by 2030? By then a current third-ager of 63 will be an 80 year old fourth-ager.

So where, how and whoever we live with in this future may not be as we currently imagine. Modifying an existing home or downsizing to another; we get that. Building elder care cell blocks; we get that too. How ready are we for communal shared services models? What does that do to our notions of property and privacy?  

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