As of 2014, 14.5% of suburban residents were 65 or older and that number is expected to continue to rise as boomers continue to age. In a PBS NewsHour story, Jenni Bergal takes a look at the challenges that face boomers planning to age in the car-centric, sidewalk-scarce, suburbs.
One of the biggest challenges that experts foresee is whether people will be able to afford to modify their homes has they continue to age:
Some researchers foresee conflicts between seniors and families with school-age children over increasingly scarce government resources. Many working- and middle-class retirees, some of whom are trapped in their suburban homes because they are still underwater — they owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth — won’t be able to afford to modify them to make them livable in old age.