When my business partner, Brian Bartholomew, and I began to support our elderly parents some years ago, we became acutely aware of a national phenomenon: the aging of America. Today, people aged 80 and older are the fastest-growing segment of the population. Members of our own generation — the baby boomers — are quickly becoming eligible for those discounted early dinners at buffet restaurants. Even in our relatively youthful 50s and 60s, many of us are beginning to experience the realities of aging, from hip and knee replacements to hearing and vision impairments.

Clearly, all of this puts new demands on the home environment. Yet it seemed to Brian and me that the average senior's home was a much-neglected factor in the aging equation.

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