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Aging in Place: How to Stay Safe and Comfortable in Your Own Home

Aug 24 2015

My mother-in-law, Deborah Paderofsky, lived in a house in Washington, D.C. for more than 55 years. She and her husband Aaron purchased the home when their sons were 3 and 6 years old. When she passed away at the age of 96, her sons were 58 and 61. That home meant everything to Deborah — a safe and secure place to raise children, entertain, and grow old with her beloved husband.

When Deborah and Aaron were in their mid-80s, Aaron was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a degenerative neurological disease that renders its victims unable to move or speak. In spite of her age, Deborah became Aaron’s caregiver, refusing to move him into a nursing home.


Deborah Paderofsky (Debbie Kaufmann)

A new chapter in their home began — a difficult one, but one that made the situation more bearable. When Aaron passed away, he was in their home with Deborah beside him.

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