AARP's HomeFIt worksheet collection can be found at http://bit.ly/1TTTqV7.
AARP's HomeFIt worksheet collection can be found at http://bit.ly/1TTTqV7.

Suddenly, you find yourself blowing out a big, colorful 65-shaped candle stuck in the middle of your birthday cake. The glories of expansive free time and hoarded savings wink flirtatiously at you from across the table. One of the hardest questions now is: should you spend your golden years sipping a well-earned Margarita on your new beachfront patio or would a little spruce up to your current home, filled with the comfort and warmth of memories, suffice? Retirement expert Glenn Ruffenach, former reporter for The New York Times, lays out a guide for new retirees on how to "age-in-place." Ruffenach provides three resources to help map out the path ahead; a report released by a Harvard University studies center, a checklist from the National Association of Home Builders, and AARP’s “HomeFit Guide” These exhaustively highlight the various features that make a home safer and more suitable for the older population, including no-step entries, single-floor living, and lever-style door and faucet handles.

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