Aging population will have profound impacts on Housing and infrastructure in communities -neighbourhoods, villages, towns and cities. The need of the time is to develop a set of indicators and check list to measure the extent to which a community's built environment benefits seniors' independence, health, quality of life and wellbeing. There is also a need for study to establish the relationship between smart growth concepts and the creation of livable and sustainable communities that facilitate good living space for aging population. The study should be able to establish how a community's built environment benefits seniors' independence, health, quality of life and wellbeing.
Planners need to address the needs and preferences of seniors. Most Indian communities have made minimal progress in achieving smart growth and livability goals to date, and are thus ill prepared to accommodate the Housing and mobility needs of an aging population. Certain tenets of smart growth and livable and sustainable communities are especially important to seniors striving to remain independent members of their community: pedestrian-friendly orientation of streetscapes; mixing of land uses; availability of transit options and reduced reliance on automobiles; and the existence of affordable and diverse Housing stock.
Many planning and zoning changes needed to facilitate Housing strategies that meet smart growth and livable community goals are the same as those needed to support aging population.