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AARP Guide to Revitalizing Your Home: Beautiful Living for the Second Half of Life Paperback – September 7, 2010

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About the Author

Rosemary Bakker holds a Master of Science in gerontology and is a certified interior designer. She is a research associate in gerontologic design in medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. Rosemary has consulted with numerous individuals and companies and has made presentations
on design and healthy aging to diverse audiences, ranging from interior designers and housing experts to consumers, health care professionals, and Fortune 500 corporations. Rosemary was a guest on Martha Stewart Living Radio, has appeared on CBS, NBC, and PBS, and was featured in the Public
Lives column of The New York Times and in AARP The Magazine. She currently lives in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Series: AARP®
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts (September 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600592805
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600592805
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #803,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book hoping my 80+ year old mother would read it and take some of the advice. Sometimes parents respond faster if the advice comes from someone other than family, like professionals. There are safety hazard in her house, especially for her age group, but she is resisting making the changes.

I read this book and the advice is for all ages and especially important for homeowners planning to age in place. It even covers safe bed heights. I wish I had read it before buying my house 3 years ago. I am 62 and plan to stay put. There are several modifications to my house, I will have to make to insure that my house is fully accessible in the future. Now, i may ask my mom to return the book or buy another copy. It's a good reference book for anyone thinking of buying a house also. Even if your next house is not universally accessible, you can consider how you could change your new house if there is a medical emergency, for example, or some other reason to rehab the property.
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Very clear guide on how to assess one's home for accessibility, and then provides recommendations for practical changes that can be made in a home to make it more accessible. I balked at the price; but it is worth it. Contains good references as well, and it really is a reference book that one can keep coming back to. Though a paperback - the book is well constructed and colorful. I use electronic books, and do not know if this one is available electronically; however, if given a choice, I would prefer the paper. I was in the midst of shopping for a new kitchen range when this book arrived, and I used some of the general principles on kitchen design to make my final choice. I am very happy with the purchase of both the book and the range.
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I am thoroughly disappointed in this book. It has no substance with regard to actually revitalizing your home. It contains photos of rooms (some used several times) with vague suggestions, some of which do not make sense. We are currently remodeling our home and looking for ideas and suggestions that will improve the way our home works as we age. This book did not provide any information in that regard and is not even a good decorating resource. I do not recommend this book. It was a total waste of money.
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This is such a sensible yet stylish book. I was amazed at how green it is and contemporary too. Love it and will recommend it to my friends who want to adapt as they age or build a retirement home. Now is the time for us to look forward to the time that we may need help navigating. We purchased a ranch home this year that was built for a lady who was wheelchair bound so it already has many things the book talked about. But - the book tells us much more beyond the wide doorways, bars in bathrooms, walk-in showers already here. We are thrilled to have this book and all the great ideas and beautiful photos. Thanks!
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This book was published in early 2010, so it should be reasonably up to date. Although it stresses that it's for homeowners looking to "future-proof" their existing homes for retirement or disability, I found many of the suggested improvements very obvious . For example, use lever-arm door latches, install handrails on stairways, make access to kitchens easier for those in wheelchairs by tearing out cabinets etc. (this latter one is not simplistic, just may be impractical in a small home) - as is "create large spaces in move around in".

As the mouthpiece for many issues about older people, I was surprised that a book by AARP would not have been more practical.
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Good general information. Good pictures. Discussion of topics not in-depth, but OK for over view. If I had to buy just one book on this topic, I would not buy this one, but I think it is a good addition to my library.
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We have been living with some of the problems of aging: an aging parent living with us, double hip replacement, declining energy,sight, and all of that. We made the move into a warmer winter location, with a single story home. So we were doing some of the right things. But the AARP Guide gives us more ideas how to make our living safer, more comfortable and easier. Small changes that will improve our living space now and in the future.
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As someone who is studying aging in place, I would not recommend this book to any boomer looking for guidance, even though the book is published by AARP. There are many photographs, but they look somewhat dated; even though the book publication date is 2010, many of the interiors seem like they are 10-15 years old.

Secondly, the photographs often suggest design features that are adverse to older adults. For example: throw rugs everywhere, tile or stone floors (tiring to stand on, slippery, and reflect a lot of noise), black countertops (difficult to see items on it), deep cushioned seating that is difficult to get out of, and even a swinging porch bench. Another recommendation is an indoor garden. But home maintenance becomes an issue for older adults, and having a large dirt area in your home, plus the likelihood of spilling water on those tile floors while caring for the plants -- I just don't see this as something to recommend to people trying to age in place.

While the basic principles in the text are useful, I think readers of design books learn from photos. Therefore, I really can't recommend this book. Deborah Pierce's "The Accessible Home" is a better and more current alternative.
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