Aging and Architecture

 

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Robert Kasirer

Robert Kasirer innovated two technologies: one for integrating health care management, and another for managing real estate developments. Having spent time in senior management with Golden State Health Centers nursing facilities and on the external advisory board of the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute on Aging, Robert Kasirer went on to positions as a managing director with KFT Capital and a director of the JacobRose Family Foundation, which focuses on aging and architecture.

As the US aging population grows, the need for spaces that serve older adults is becoming more relevant. Traditional nursing homes were often built with the intention to house people briefly at the end of their lives, but with improvements in health care and technology, we are living longer than ever and many of us will want to continue to live active, social lives beyond retirement.

In many apartment buildings, for example, hallways are a direct line from the elevator to the apartment. Designing a wider space and including shared seating space may encourage neighbors to interact with each other more often when they are close to home. Nursing homes could also be integrated with other buildings, such as a school, to encourage interaction between the nursing home residents and the students. These sorts of architectural changes might help prevent isolation and depression in the growing aging population.

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