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Winter 2002, The Demand For Home Modifications Among Seniors

Nandinee K. Kutty
Americans are living longer and, by most accounts, healthier lives. Yet, as people age, some decline in the ability to perform basic activities is not uncommon. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the prevalence of such difficulties is greatest among seniors: 38 percent of the elderly (those aged 65 or more) who do not live in institutions have some limitation of activity caused by chronic conditions, while only 10 percent of the population between the ages of 15 and 44 experience any limitation of activity. The most common activity that the elderly have difficulty performing is walking; the second and third most common activities are bathing and getting outside.