NSERC Industrial Research Chair in the Industrialization of Building Construction

Elderly Friendly Design

Elderly Friendly Design for Indoor and Outdoor Home Environment

PhD Student: Mona Afifi

Time Period: May 2013 onwards

Summary: As the so-called “baby boomer” generation approaches retirement, the current built-environment design paradigm is shifting toward elderly-friendly design. The older-adult population (aged 65 and older) currently accounts for approximately 15% of Canada’s total population, and that proportion is projected to increase to approximately 23% by 2031. On the other hand, poor architectural design of indoor and outdoor architectural spaces can contributes to an increased risk of falling for older adults. Thus, this research aims to provide an architectural design assessment to integrate the state of the art evidence-based research into an assessment process to evaluate the risk of falling for older adults in home residential dwelling. A systematic review is conducted to ensure that all relevant and available literature is reviewed and analyzed. A mathematical model is developed by which to calculate the rating number that reflects the risk of falling associated with indoor and outdoor architectural spaces. This research provide a utilized tool for architects, designers, developers and older adults to assess and improve an existed or draft home architectural design from risk of falling perspective.

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