COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS: LIVING WELL WITHIN INTERGENERATIONAL HOUSEHOLDS

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2019

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Today there are roughly 41 million people in the U.S. who are older than 65 years of age. By 2030 it is estimated that number will rise to 72 million people. With this dramatic increase in our aging population it is necessary to explore options such as multigenerational living as an approach to maintain this generation’s inclusion in society rather than create isolation. This thesis explores the relationship between the nuclear family and the changing of what we consider the nuclear family in the United States. Through mixed-use developments, different building typologies, and several residential sizes, this research will reshape ideas of senior living, future generations, and the community while in an intergenerational site. Connection to the surrounding community, nature, and active lifestyles under a dwelling fall under the pretense of living well no matter what age. The result of choosing an intergenerational shared site and having the option of living in a residence of multiple generations is a life of better social interaction, activity, and happiness.

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