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Jane Curry, of Chicago, settled into a retirement community a few years ago, where she found friends and support. It was part of her preparation to age in place in a home of her own. But the now-75-year-old widow knew that taking a fall could play havoc with her ability to stay in her second-story condo.
“My balance is off more as I’ve gotten older,” she admitted. “That frightens me.”
At 14, Curry developed a rare form of cancer in the connective tissue of her wrist. In the 1950s, her only option was to have her left arm amputated. “I was so young when it happened that I adapted and I’ve been able to live my life without thinking about it too much,” she said. But now, Curry worries that being an amputee increases the likelihood she could take a tumble.