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eve slater and her partner, Bob Geiser, tried retiring on Cape Cod, but changed their minds because they felt so isolated in the off season. Both in their early 80s, they live in a condo complex in Wellesley. Finding senior communi- ties too expensive, they've set about gradually adapting their 1970s-vintage home so that they can age in place. Maureen and Edward Donlon of Wellesley have transformed the living room of their Dutch Colonial into a bedroom because illness has limited Ed's mobility. A retired local attorney, Edward loves his home of 50 years. As couples like these have discovered, traditional homes were not designed with aging bodies in mind. If you lose mobility – as Geiser did for a time a few years back while recovering from pneumonia – stairs that you once took at a gallop become as daunting as Mount Everest. Arthritic hands have trouble turning doorknobs, flipping light switches, and adjusting faucets. Weakened muscles can make using the toilet or taking a shower a perilous mission. And one false step on a loose scatter rug can lead to a hospital trip and months of painful rehabilitation. While young parents don't give a second thought to the importance of child-proofing their homes, many of us face a psychological barrier to senior-proofing. After all, who wants to dwell on the prospect of aging? Depending on your budget, the cost of modifications can run from under $5,000 to $50,000. But if that expense buys you an additional 10 to 15 years in the comfort and independence of your own home, it might well be a bargain. 98 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 S T E V E M A A S writer Making Home a The first in a series featuring senior living in our communities Many seniors who choose to stay in their multi-level homes install stair lifts. The chair climbs a flight of stairs in about 45 seconds and can be called from another floor by remote control. V I O L E T S T A R / D R E A M S T I M E . C O M 098-106_WWMb14_senior friendly_v2_WellesleyWeston Magazine 4/24/14 3:46 PM Page 98