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Amenities seniors may need

May 21, 2006

The aging population will significantly influence the remodeling industry over the next five years, according to the National Assn. of Home Builders.

When evaluating a home, the association's Remodelors Council recommends checking to see if it contains the following:

* A master bedroom and bath on the first floor.

* A low- or no-threshold entrance with an overhang.

* Lever-style door handles.

* No change in levels on the main floor.

* Bright lighting in all areas.

* A low-maintenance exterior.

* Nonskid flooring at the main entryway.

* An open floor plan, especially in the kitchen-dining area.

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