As the population ages, your home owner association will likely face new challenges. What should your HOA board know about maintaining elderly owners’ rights and privacy if they begin suffering from dementia, physical incapacitation, or inadequate support while preserving the rights of those owners’ neighbors? Here, we provide guidance to help you begin addressing the age–old questions you’ll face.
Does your HOA have a role in addressing challenges that arise from an aging population? “Absolutely,” says Elizabeth White, a shareholder and head of the community associations practice at the law firm of LeClairRyan in Williamsburg, Va., who recently spoke at an industry event on the issue. “We’re starting to experience the issues related to an aging population. Baby boomers are turning 65 at enormous rate—as of Jan. 1, 2011, 10,000 people in this country are turning 65 every day.”