Stairs: Friend or Foe in One's Later Years?

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from: Longevity Explorers | Sequoias SF, SF Village

Discussion Summary

Explorer Rich asks the group whether or not to plan to age in a home that has stairs.

Members offer some 'pros':

  • Exercise may help longevity and stimulate the brain.
  • Stair climbing gives a sense of independence in 'younger' old age.
  • One can always install a stair lift.

Others point out some 'cons':

  • Disabilities of age eventually prohibit use of stairs. 
  • Carrying groceries and items on stairs may become infeasible.

Conclusion offered by Explorer Helen: "Give thought to whether stairs are for you. They become a big issue as you get older."


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