home improvement

The original kitchen with its old appliances, florescent lighting and cramped spaces.
The following is post No. 5 in an AARP Livable Communities blog diary about a home remodeling project that is stylishly updating a Florida house (referred to here as the “Cate house”) while making it better suited for aging in place. 
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Are the majority of older adults hoarders? Not quite. Yet many do feel burdened by the amount of stuff they own, and it can be a major hindrance when it comes to downsizing.
Blog 6 Universal Design Kitchen - Cutting Board
I think I was born to cook. Ever since I was young, I've enjoyed cooking for friends and family. I even catered my own wedding reception for 80 when I was too young to know better. A large 3-tiered lime coconut wedding cake was the piece de resistance. But over the years the joy of cooking became more like the drudgery of cooking due to aching feet and nagging back aches. Hours of standing on an unforgiving stone floor and far too many acrobatic reaches, squats, and bends retrieving ingredients and cookware were taking their toll.
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It's cherry blossom time in New York and, besides gardening, I've become obsessed with window coverings. Spring brings the promise of guests and the brilliance of the summer sun and, quite frankly, I'm not prepared for either. I've removed the former owner's black out shades in the guest room, but haven't gotten around to replacing them. It feels bare. Not exactly the feeling you're after in a guest bedroom, is it?
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Doors are opening for all of us in the world of home design. Never before have we had such a range of choices in home goods and new designs to help us age more gracefully in our own homes. But deciding what projects to tackle can be daunting, especially when money is tight.
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Does your home not feel "right" to you anymore? The layout, the size, the rooms -- are they not working for your lifestyle as you undergo life's many transitions? I love this AARP piece that helps you figure out not how to downsize, but "rightsize" your house into something that better fits you:
We told you last week that June is Home Safety Month - and here is today's tip from AARP.org. This one might be particularly of interest to remember because of the unpredictable weather that this year has brought already.
Did you know June is Home Safety Month?
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