Real estate

Boomers remodel as they age

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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 would widen doorways, make showers wheelchair accessible, improve lighting and lower cabinets and countertops. A lot of boomers are increasingly turning to certified “aging in place” remodelers and contractors who, such as Morse, are trained to make homes more accessible and livable for seniors.

“It’s much broader than just making it easy to get around,” said Amy Levner, manager of the livable communities program at AARP. “It’s about people’s health. It’s about people’s mental health. Studies and surveys show that many people as they grow older don’t want to leave their homes and are happier and healthier living there.”

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