A Delicate Subject

How do you tell your aging mom and dad that they're going to have to move out of the house?

I called my parents recently to say I was thinking about putting them in a nursing home. "But I'm only 58," my mother said. "We're healthy." Not to be critical, but my parents are the sort of optimists who bought a retirement home with a second floor. And a spiral staircase. And low-wattage lighting on the landing."It's a death trap," I said. "We like our house," my mother said. That's just like them. And, it turns out, just like the rest of America.

An AARP survey released this month found that most people ages 45 and older want to stay in...

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