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who prefer to sit while chopping veggies), cabinets with pullout drawers and doors that close softly on their own, wall ovens and side-by-side refrigerators to reduce awkward bending and stretching, and removing walls and widening openings to increase visibility and mobility between rooms. She also rec- ommends such innovative appliances as cook tops with automatic shutoffs and drawer- style, under-counter microwave ovens. Little details can make a big difference, such as positioning faucets along the side of the sink and oven controls at the front. Make sure buttons and dials are easy to manipulate and see (or hear, for those with poor vision). Instead of relying on a single overhead light, install enough pendant and under-cabinet lights that you won't find yourself fumbling in the shadows. Indeed, look for ways to upgrade lighting throughout your home to lessen strain on aging eyes. Doing so will help hearing, too, as we often rely on facial gestures and lip move- ment to make out words. Consider installing long-lasting LED lights triggered by motion sensors at doorways and along hallways. And while you are at it, replace light switches with rocker-type controls, which are much easier to manipulate. Similarly, replace door knobs and faucets with lever handles. While many renovation projects involve adapting the first level of a multi-story house for one-floor living, some seniors are either adding elevators to existing homes or having Making Home a Safe Haven 104 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 4 098-106_WWMb14_senior friendly_v2_WellesleyWeston Magazine 4/24/14 3:47 PM Page 104