The U.S. Administration on Aging predicts that by 2030, the number of Americans older than 65 will reach 72 million. As a result, the concept of aging in place becomes more relevant, and involves adapting a home to better fit a person’s changing physical abilities. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries among those 65 and older. Because most falls occur in the bathroom, it is important to make certain changes, such as installing grab bars in showers and tubs and near toilets. Replacing a traditional 14- to 15-inch toilet with a taller model can also enhance ease of use. Seniors with arthritis may benefit by replacing knob-style faucet handles and round doorknobs with lever-style handles. Today’s manufacturers offer a variety of designs that are stylish yet help make life easier. | Read More