If you want to stay in your home as you age, take a look around and do some hard thinking about whether your home is a suitable place for you to spend your 70s and 80s (perhaps beyond). If you were in a wheelchair , could you navigate your home without help? Could you cook meals? If you had trouble walking or getting out of bed, how hard would it be for someone to help you? Are there grab bars in the bathrooms? Easily accessible wall switches?

 Surveys show that overwhelmingly, people want to grow old in their own homes. But such aging in place, as many experts call it, is made very difficult by a widespread lack of age-friendly home modifications. As a recent report from MetLife notes, most homes use “Peter Pan housing” designs, because they appear to be built for people who will never grow old. continue reading to find out the three priorities for home modification>>

Source: Philip Moeller (US News Money, September 2010)

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