Retirement & Financial Planning Report

Consider these improvements to make your house more livable for yourself as you grow older.

* Install a bench and grab bars in your bathtub, making it easier to get in and out.

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* Replace doorknobs, cabinet handles, and faucets with items that have been designed for the elderly. They are easier to grip and turn.

* If making major alterations, install doorways at least 36 inches across and widen hallways so they are wheelchair accessible.

Even if you choose to sell the house at some point, such amenities will add value to your house as America ages.