Aging in Place

Granddaughter hugging grandmother in wheelchairMany people, as they age, are reluctant to think about changing their living circumstances as long as they can get by at the moment.

In fact, AARP reports that 90 percent of Americans over age 65 plan to stay in their homes as they age. Yet, for most, the design of their homes or communities does not suit older adults who lack the mobility, agility and swiftness of the young, says a story in the New York Times.

Things that may be needed include no stairs, wide doorways to accommodate a walker or wheelchair, slip-resistant floors, walk-in showers, ramps and rails.

Many older folks who raised children in suburbs are now moving back to cities where they can access public transit or walk to grocery stores, the story says.

Some communities are being retrofitted to accommodate the huge number of elders who are going to be living there as baby boomers age. For example, crosswalks are being changed to give people more time to cross.

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