'Granny pods': The future of elderly living?

A Virginia pastor thinks he has the perfect solution for the growing legions of independent-minded boomers too old to live on their own

This quaint little getaway is a veritable nursing home for one, packed with all kinds of high-tech health tools.
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If you're not among the 23 millions Americans already caring for your elderly parents, you probably will be soon, says Mary Fischer at The Stir. By 2030, when the baby boomers have all reached retirement age, there will be more than 72 million Americans 65 or older, according to the Census Bureau. But let's be honest: "It can be pretty tough to convince grandma to check into an assisted living center if she's used to being pretty independent, and the idea of moving her in with you may not go over so well and opens up the gate to a whole host of conflicts and problems." Enter the "granny pod," which promises to give you the best of both worlds: An independent living facility in your own backyard. Here's what you should know:

What are "granny pods"?

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