Choices give individuals dignity. When it comes to aging with dignity, American seniors need more choices. When the AARP surveyed Americans, 89% percent of those age 55 and older said they would prefer not to leave their current homes. However, most seniors still think that they must move in with a relative or to a nursing home rather than staying put in their current home.
But staying put no longer means staying with the same living arrangement. A recent article in the New York Times noted that AARP and the National Association of Home Builders developed an “developed “aging in place” certification for home modifications, to teach contractors how to adapt homes. Among typical improvements are widened doorways for wheelchair access and safety features like grab bars in bathrooms.
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