Aging At Home: Helping Seniors Stay Put The aging of America is about to pick up speed. Next year the first baby boomers will turn 65 -- and, in what's been dubbed a "silver tsunami," the number of seniors will more than double in coming decades. And most are likely to want to stay at home. From communities that provide a network of help to cameras that keep a watchful eye on seniors, NPR explores ways to make it easier to age at home.
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Aging At Home: Helping Seniors Stay Put

In a series, NPR explores high- and low-tech ways to make it easier for seniors to age at home.

Betty and Jack O'Connor want to stay in their Chevy Chase, Md., home as they age and are trying to create a network of volunteers in their neighborhood, called a "village," to help them with tasks they can no longer handle. Jennifer Ludden/NPR hide caption

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MIT researchers wore the Age Gain Now Empathy System -- a body suit and helmet -- to a grocery store to understand what struggles seniors might have while shopping. Courtesy of MIT's AgeLab hide caption

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