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the cost of a new home, but retrofitting could cost considerably more depending on the existing structure. To prevent slips and falls that could land you in a wheelchair, Fallon will install systems to heat walkways and driveways to prevent ice and snow from accumulating. Inside, radiant heat from tubing under the floor is particu- larly popular in bathrooms. "I come in on cold days, pull my shoes off, and it's nice and warm," says Fallon, who has radiant heat in his master bath and family room. "All the fur- niture is really warm and cozy." Once seniors have addressed the physical obstacles to staying in their homes, many face the emotional challenge of isolation. In recent years, seniors across the country have banded together through the village move- ment. Wellesley Neighbors (previously called Wellesley at Home) coordinates volunteer projects; recommends home help providers; and organizes social events, speakers, and exercise groups. The Donlons and Eve Slater and Bob Geiser are among members of the organiza- tion, which also serves Weston and several other western suburbs. At the time Maureen Donlon was interviewed for this story she was preparing to host a potluck supper for a small group of Wellesley Neighbors. Her phi- losophy: "Instead of shutting yourself in, you keep opening yourself up." For more on Wellesley Neighbors, visit wellesleyneighbors.org. Making Home a Safe Haven 106 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 L M P H O T / D R E A M S T I M E . C O M 098-106_WWMb14_senior friendly_v2_WellesleyWeston Magazine 4/24/14 3:48 PM Page 106