Aging & Accessibility
The elderly population (persons age 65 years and older) in the United States grew faster than any other segment of the population during the 20th century - nearly four times as fast as the total U.S. population. Because of better nutrition, healthier lifestyles, better health care and advances in medicine, this growth rate is expected to continue well into the 21st century.
A recent advancement toward social integration involves those persons classified as disabled physically, mentally or both. With the goal of ensuring equal access to all built enviornments and services, regardless of phyical or cognitive ability, the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990 was a significant step toward social equality, and its implementation has greatly accelerated the pace at which individuals with disabilities have been able to succesfully integrate into the greater society.