For a while now we have been used to hearing that the demographics of the UK are changing resulting in an increased proportion of older people within the adult population.
"The UK population over age 65 is projected to increase by more than 40 per cent during the next 17 years to over 16 million, while the number of people in the UK over age 85 is expected to double during the next 23 years to more than 3.4 million” 
This aging population has meant an increase in demand for comfortable and attractive housing alternatives that promote healthy and active lifestyles.
More and more we are getting orders for pocket door systems for luxury retirement housing developments. These developments are successfully exploiting the space-saving and space-changing advantages of the pocket door to great effect. The beauty of a pocket door system is that its design is also inclusive. A pocket door system with a 900x2030mm passage size is equally as aesthetically pleasing for a person of any age group and ability whilst offering the advantage of being easy to slide open and walk through for a person with a walker or a wheelchair.
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The British Standards Institute (2005) defines inclusive design as:
'The design of mainstream products and/or services that are accessible to, and usable by, as many people as reasonably possible ... without the need for special adaptation or specialised design.’
Accessibility issues posed by a hinged door
The accessibility offered by a sliding door
 International Longevity Centre UK (ILC)