Boomers Remodel As They Age

Senior couple walking on a beachBoston Globe – April 15, 2014

By Jay Fitzgerald

For years, Somerville contractor Paul Morse modified homes of clients to make them easier for their longtime owners to enjoy as they age.

His firm, Morse Construction Inc., would widen doorways, make showers wheelchair accessible, improve lighting, and lower cabinets and countertops. The remodeled homes were more convenient, and, more important, safer for their owners to navigate as their mobility declined over time.

Then, as he recently turned 60, Morse realized it was his turn.

  • “So we just did some renovations of our own house in preparation for the time when I retire,” said Morse. “We widened a hallway, created an open floor plan, and made other changes. We’re getting ready.”

A lot of other boomers are getting ready, too, and increasingly they’re turning to certified “aging in place” remodelers and contractors, such as Morse, who are trained to make homes more accessible and livable for seniors. [Read more…]

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