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Fixing up seniors’ homes to help them age in place

BALTIMORE — Alberta Hough struggles to feed herself a snack, her arms shaking badly from Parkinson’s disease. Days earlier, the 84-year-old had fallen while eating, sliding off her kitchen chair.

The rest of her day isn’t much easier. She wobbles into a bathtub with no grab bar. Her feet catch on damaged tiles. Part of the banister on the stairs has pulled out of the wall. At the back door, a rickety ramp no longer supports the scooter that helps her get around.

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