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  1. Desks, Cabinets, Shelves
  2. Non Glass Doors, Panels
  3. Window, Door Sills, Frames

The list may surprise you – especially the part where bedding causes more accidents than slipping in the bathroom! Many of these areas are addressed in this book.

Aging brings with it some new challenges for the Boomer generation. Understanding aging-in-place concepts is really important to this independent, adventurous, socially active generation. As we age, things do change, and it‘s important to make some decisions in advance, so your desire to live in your own home can be carried through.

After reading this eBook you will have new ideas and information to age-improve your home (or the home of your parents) to have a healthier, safer, happier life.

Defining Aging in Place

When people first hear the term ―Aging In Place,‖ you can observe physical change as they begin to understand the idea. At the same time, it brings out other emotions, like fear, denial, anger, sadness or just plain surprise! The next thing they say is, ‖That‘s for other people, I‘m not getting older!‖ NO MATTER HOW OLD THEY ARE! Everyone says the same thing. People are funny that way.

The term ―Aging in Place‖ refers to modifying one‘s home so that it is safer to live in – the inhabitants are less likely to suffer falls or other injuries. Everyone goes through the aging process, some sooner, some later. Vision deteriorates, causing difficulty in differentiating colors; shrinking muscle mass makes it more difficult to get in and out of beds or chairs, and to lift your feet when walking, which can cause one to trip on throw rugs and other small barriers on the floor; we suffer from less strength in our hands and arms, reach is limited; the list goes on. These changes increase our likelihood of accidents in our own homes.

Fortunately, there are some easy steps that people can take to make their homes more safe, which we share below; and there are designers who have received a special certification in Aging In Place design, through a program called CAPS (Certified Aging in Place Specialist). This program was developed by the National Association of Home Buyers in partnership with AARP. In the last chapter, you‘ll find some tips on finding an Aging in Place specialist to help you design and implement the modifications.

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