As we’ve noted in previous work, one of the primary policy drivers in New Hampshire over the next 15 years will be the aging of the state's population. Not surprisingly, an increasing number of communities in the state are grappling with these issues. (Here’s an overview of recent debate in Salem, N.H.)
With an increased need for "senior housing," there’s lots of opportunity to rethink what that housing might look like. Back in the 1990s, the Religious Society of Friends developed an aging committee out of which came the Kendal continuing care retirement community model. New Hampshire has one here, in Hanover, and similar efforts in model design -- if not in philosophy -- exist elsewhere in the state (Riverwoods, in Exeter, for example).
Here’s another example of what can happen when demographic change, public policy and architecture collide -- this time, in Alcácer do Sal, Portugal.
photo © Fernando Guerra