A Home More Like Home

For boomers, the Eden Alternative--a radical take on elder care--may be the look of the future

Charles Fournier, a former army sergeant and nursing-home administrator who was accustomed to bossing people around, used to swear he would kill himself before he'd let anyone put him in a nursing home. So he was almost as baffled as his wife was when, after two strokes, he chose last year to live in one. Even this hardened military man couldn't resist a place with 40 birds, 25 rabbits, 12 cats and four dogs living there, noisy kids at an on-site day-care facility and committee meetings to attend to help run the place. "It's strange, I know," admits Fournier, 72. "The...

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