NYT – How to Age Well and Stay in Your Home


  • What adaptations are needed to assure our safety and comfort to age “well in place”
  • a helpful, comprehensive yet not overwhelming book, “Age in Place: A Guide to Modifying, Organizing, and Decluttering Mom and Dad’s Home,” by Lynda G. Shrager
    • “It’s cheaper to stay in your home, even if you have to make some renovations and get an aide a few days a week to help,”
  • watch how people get around their house room by room and identify changes that can make things safer and easier,”
    • how the home is entered and ending with the basement
  • weather-related hazards which make it difficult to pick up mail or get to street
  • entryway may need a resurfaced path to reduce trip hazards
    • improved lighting, railings on the stairs, a ramp, a wider doorway
  • furniture designed and situated to accommodate someone with mobility issues
  • trip hazards
    • wires on the floor
    • furniture legs that protrude
    • pets that lay in floor/stairs
  • Get rid of items …. Magazines or other clutter
  • Categorize items into five groups
    • Keep
    • give away
    • sell
    • charitable donations
    • throwaway pile
    • tackle it piecemeal, a room, closet, shelf, drawer at a time
  • Kitchens are a special challenge
    • Remember as you age, you shrink
    • store most-used items on lower shelves
    • use a grabber or stool (wide steps and treads with safety bar/handrail…avoid folding stools)
    • cooking in toaster oven/microwave safer than full size oven
  • bathroom the most dangerous room in the home
    • grab bars
    • access in/out of the tub or shower critical

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