Field trips aren't just for children... Thanks to the U of M's Housing Studies program, this past Friday 18 of us, undergraduate students, grad students, alumni, and professors, hopped on the yellow school bus once again for a tour of four of the area's multi-unit housing sites. To be more specific, all of the housing we looked at was designed to meet the needs and interests of elderly persons who are living independently. The different housing sites consisted of a public housing high-rise, a 55+ resident-owned cooperative, and two HUD Section 202 properties (check out this website to see how they are making available more low-income housing for elderly persons: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/housing/mfh/progdesc/eld202).
Before the bus tour, I had never given much thought to the housing needs of elderly persons. And what was really cool about all of these sites, not only did they take care of practical needs, such as wider doorways and easy-to-maneuver showers for the residents, but each of them created an inviting atmosphere for a healthy community. In the pictures above, one can clearly see the fun the residents were having in the company of their friends.
Stay sharp :)
-Karly, Housing Studies B.S.