As an occupational therapist and aging-in-place consultant, I am frequently asked to assess a home for its ability to meet the functional needs of the people who are or will be living in it.
"Is this the house we'll retire in?" Crystal and Chris K. frequently asked one another about their home in Silver Spring, Md. The question was important because the answer would determine if they'd remodel or sell their house.
With winter in full swing and cabin fever becoming an almost constant malady, I usually turn my attention to an endless list of indoor home remodeling and improvement projects.
Everyone knows about "empty nest syndrome." People warn those whose children quickly grow up and head out on their own that there will be a feeling of loneliness around the nest - and that may very well be true for some, but this great article in the Chicago Tribune takes a different look at the empty nest - and I like this point of view!
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