One of the hardest questions that Americans on the brink of retirement now is: Should you spend your golden years sipping a well-earned margarita on your new beachfront patio, or would a little spruce-up of your current home, filled with the comfort and warmth of memories, suffice?

Retirement expert Glenn Ruffenach, former reporter for The New York Times, lays out a guide for new retirees on how to age in place. Ruffenach provides three resources to help map out the path ahead: a report released by a Harvard University studies center, a checklist from the National Association of Home Builders, and AARP’s “HomeFit Guide.” These exhaustively highlight the various features that make a home safer and more suitable for the older population, including no-step entries, single-floor living, and lever-style door and faucet handles.

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