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Healthcare professionals refer to five “activities of daily living,” or basic self-care tasks, to assess whether individuals can live independently or may need extra help: walking and getting around, meal prep and eating, dressing and grooming, bathing, and toileting.

We’re getting older. Fast. The number of Americans over 65 is expected to double from roughly 50 million to nearly 100 million by 2060. Just where are we all going to live? Nursing homes and affordable assisted living facilities are in short supply. Besides, given the choice, more than eight out of 10 seniors say they want to stay in their own home.

Aging in place makes intuitive sense. We’ve spent many years and lots of money making our homes the right place for

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