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Housing Options for Seniors diverse couple receiving home keys

Marilyn J. Bruin, Extension Specialist and Professor — Design, Housing, & Apparel; and Diane Corrin, Extension Educator

Revised January 2010 by the author (Marilyn J. Bruin).

Traditional housing was often makes it difficult for elders to age in place. As we age, adaptations to homes can make them more supportive. Or, alternative housing options in the community can be combined with supportive services that allow elders to maintain their quality of life.

Housing alternatives include:

For more information about senior housing, call the Senior Linkage Line at 1-800-333-2433.


Design, Housing & Apparel — University of Minnesota. (n.d.). Housing as we age: A consumer's guide to home adaptation. Design, Housing & Apparel — University of Minnesota.

Other Recommended Resources

Designing Accessible Housing — Simple design elements can help homes accommodate individuals with diverse abilities.

Universal DesignInstitute for Human Centered Design — Reviews the history principles, resources, and more for Universal Design.

Senior LinkAge LineMetropolitan Area Agency on Aging — Free information and service assistance for older adults and their families. Call 1-800-3333-2433.

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