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Volunteers help seniors deck the halls

Kathy and Mark Mason don’t look forward to the day they’re old enough to move into a group retirement home. They’ve lived in their home for 27 years. They raised their kids there, watching them grow up and move away, and recently welcomed Mark’s mother to join them.

“We’d like to stay here 27 more if possible,” Kathy said. For seniors like the Masons, the goal of never leaving their home at all is coming closer to a reality.

Kathy and Mark are part of a growing trend for seniors, known as the “village model,” rejecting the thought of moving to a retirement community, instead choosing to “age in place.”

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