New Book Assists Baby Boomers with Independent Living Crisis

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Today’s comfortable home may become tomorrow’s disaster for the disabled and elderly. Hardwood floors may cause slips and falls, and ordinary thresholds may cause people to trip. “Exploring Independent Living: Designing a Home to Meet Your Needs,” a new how-to book released today by Sharon Drager, helps people plan and provide for aging baby boomers, the elderly, and those with disabilities so that they may continue living independently and safely in their own homes.

Today’s comfortable home may become tomorrow’s disaster for the disabled and elderly. Hardwood floors may cause slips and falls, and ordinary thresholds may cause people to trip. “Exploring Independent Living: Designing a Home to Meet Your Needs,” a new how-to book released today by Sharon Drager, helps people plan and provide for aging baby boomers, the elderly, and those with disabilities so that they may continue living independently and safely in their own homes.

Drager’s book explores ways homeowners may remodel and redesign their homes to accommodate their aging needs. It also teaches builders and architects how to construct homes for the elderly and disabled so that they are not forced into assisted living facilities. Drager, a former owner of a remodeling business, shows how to prevent problems that might hinder people as their reflexes slow and simple tasks become difficult. She recommends making changes to homes before people need them. This “Advocate for the Aging” cites home designs that often become the most common problems and offers easy fix-it solutions: Change faucet handles that turn and replace them with levers, move plumbing and gas cut-offs from the basement to a place within easy reach, and replace difficult cabinet handles with those that are loops.

“As retirees, some of us in our zeal to stay young fail to plan for the days when our strength and stamina diminishes,” says Drager. “My goal is to help people achieve a high degree of independent living by providing building solutions that will serve them well into the future.”

About Sharon Drager

Sharon Drager, an “Advocate for the Aging” and Independent Living Consultant, has spent more than 30 years in the construction and remodeling industry. She is the only female construction expert who focuses on independent living for senior adults and individuals with disabilities. Her research in aging studies, her lifelong involvement in construction, and her commitment to senior citizens and the disabled has given her a unique understanding of their housing needs. For more information about Sharon Drager, visit http://www.sharondrager.com.

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