Paul Nunes and his wife, Elizabeth Waller, lived 25 years in their dream house in Fairport. They raised two daughters who played under a stately maple tree in an ample backyard. When the family pushed at the walls, Nunes and Waller added a music room for his piano and many other instruments.

But dreams change and needs grow bigger than space for the Steinway.

Waller, 57, has been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that doctors suspect islupus. It has worsened over the past two years and made her arthritis more aggressive. She can walk haltingly and painfully with a cane but relies on a scooter. A chair lift runs upstairs, but the basement is out of the question. Nunes also is 57, and while stairs aren’t a problem now, someday they will be.

Sparked by concerns about their own health or worries about aging parents, many middle-aged people are thinking about how they can age in place — stay in their house and neighborhood. Over the past decade, academic institutions, community organizations and municipalities across the nation have studied how policies can effectively and efficiently meet the needs of seniors who want to live on their own. continue reading>>

 Source: Patti Singer(Democrat & Chronicle.com, September 2010)

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