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Your Home, Your Choice by the American...

Your Home, Your Choice by the American Assn. of Retired Persons in cooperation with the Federal Trade Commission is a 32-page paperbound booklet addressing the questions older people face in regard to changing their living style, from remaining in the family home with a minimum amount of outside help to moving to a full nursing home.

The chapter “Staying in Your Home,” for instance, discusses such services as home health care, homemaking services and nutrition programs. Other chapters describe changing one’s housing arrangements, including accessory apartments, Echo housing (sometimes called “granny flats”) and house-sharing--which it mentions used to be called “taking in boarders.” The Supportive Housing chapter describes board-and-care homes, congregate housing, continuing care communities and nursing homes.

Finally, the section on Resources lists a great number, probably all, of the major national organizations helping older persons in various ways and all the states’ and territories’ offices on aging, with addresses and telephone numbers.

The pamphlet is simply written but not written-down and seems both comprehensive for its size and accurate. It will be an excellent starting place for older people faced with hard choices and in need of information; additionally, its check-lists will be great help throughout the process of adapting to different circumstances.

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The booklet is available at no cost by writing: Your Home, Your Choice, Pueblo, Colo., 81009. Slide and tape kits are available for loan free or for purchase at $23.50 each; information about them is available from AARP, Program Scheduling Office, 1909 K St., N. W., Washington, D. C. 20049.

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