Aging in Suburbia


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This book is a wake-up call for Baby Boomers. This generation, born between 1946 and 1964, is the first to settle in far-flung suburbs. As they age, Boomers must confront whether far-flung suburbs are suitable for their retirement years. Aging-in-place, particularly in suburbia, does not fit the conventional advise passed on to seniors. It is more complicated than modifying the home to minimize steps or curbs. The new issues are what happens when our suburban homes are oversized, too inefficient to heat and cool, and demand too much maintenance and yard work? Do big suburban homes support a high quality-of-aging, particularly when single, older women are in charge? Even more compelling, what happens if Boomers choose to age in place, but their ability to be a safe driver declines with age? Nearly 1 in 5 people beyond the age of 65 turn in the keys and no longer drive. Yet, if you settle in suburbia there are few alternatives. Seventy percent of suburban homes are beyond the reach of


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