A home for the ages

Making it multigenerational

If Grandma showed up at your door with her suitcase for a permanent "visit," would your home be up to the task?

Nevermind the psychological adjustments that would be required of multiple generations living under one roof — physically accommodating an older person’s physical needs can be a challenge in a house that’s not meant for it, according to those who have studied the potential impacts of our graying population.

Although most adult Americans expect to "age in place" — that is, stay put in their older years — several factors are converging to make that prospect less likely for some of them, according to Elinor Ginzler, senior vice president for livable communities at AARP in Washington.