At 44-years-old German architect Matthias Hollwich has already reached the halfway point of the average life expectancy for a man within in his native country. But rather than commiserating the unavoidable process that is aging, the designer took up a cause about seven years ago that affects all of us, even though it focuses on older generations: rethinking the spaces we age in.

In his recently published book, "New Aging," he goes into configuring your life so that you are comfortable, and more importantly happy, for the rest of your days. The idea, according to Fast Company's article, is that a product works for someone who is older, it will most likely benefit everyone. This type of thinking is also being adapted in major companies like Ford and Microsoft.

He also analyzes retirement homes, which house residents between 75 and 95. Hollwich argues that these types of environments actually degrade the well-being of those living in these situations, and that being in areas with diverse age ranges is more stimulating.

To see some of the concepts within the book, head over to Fast Company.

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