Forget Senior Homes: 'Aging in Place' Gains Ground

The Associated Press




VERONA, N.J. -- Retirement communities may have their perks, but Beryl O'Connor says it would be tough to match the birthday surprise she got in her own backyard when she turned 80 this year.

She was tending her garden when two little girls from next door - "my buddies," she calls them - brought her a strawberry shortcake. It underscored why she wants to stay put in the house that she and her husband, who died 18 years ago, purchased in the late 1970s.