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Aging in place with attractive designs

This article points out one dilemma faced by older households. Only some can afford the $261,000 remodel that is featured here. But despite the high cost, for this family the dollar trade off may work: many assisted living or life care communities cost >$50,000/yr. So if they can extend their home living by 4-5 years, the renovation cost might have been worthwhile, at least for the narrowly framed perspective of top-line dollars. We hope that their renovated home is in an age-friendly neighborhood and community as well. However, if you don’t have that kind of money, your options are more limited and you need to make a careful “move or improve” calculation regarding how much renovation you can afford, how functional the result will be, and whether your existing community is the place to age anyway.


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