I think most people would like to think that they will be able to stay in their home even as they age, but most of the time it's not realistic. My family had to take care of my elderly grandmother with alzheimers, but they realized once she was too far gone that they needed more help than they could provide. She needed help bathing, eating, going to the bathroom... She had to have constant supervision. We were in the same position with my great aunt. My boyfriend hasn't really been around elderly people and is convinced he would never put his parents in a retirement home, but sometimes there really is no other option. Especially in a time when people are working longer hours and unable to be home 24/7. So I don't think I would prefer a retirement home (maybe a condo where I don't have to do work) but sometimes you don't really have a choice.