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Chapter 9. Alternative Housing

Chapter 9. Alternative Housing

At one time, the options available to aging people were few. They would stay in their own homes as long as they were capable of caring for themselves, and when they could no longer do so, they moved in with their children. If their children were not willing or able to care for their parents, the elders went to a nursing home, a process that prompted the dark humor one sees occasionally on bumper stickers which read: “Be kind to your kids, they pick your nursing home.”

In recent years there has developed a whole slew of housing and care alternatives for older people, which, of course, leads to the questions “Just what is a slew?” and “How much is a half a slew? “Unfortunately, I cannot help you there because the dictionary merely defined “slew” as meaning “a large number” without giving any interesting derivation or specifics. However, the dictionary did provide a number of more interesting and colorful synonyms that you might want to use to spice up your language, such as “mickle,” “muckle” and “spate,” which sounds like the name of a law firm. In any event, suffice it to say that there now are many alternative housing choices for seniors providing a range of services from little to quite extensive.


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