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    Nursing Home Ratings: Who Can You Trust?

    By Richard Eisenberg for Next AvenueYou probably saw the viral Facebook post by the Texas man who said he planned to move into a Holiday Inn rather than a nursing home because it would cost less. That’s a radical idea, and not an especially smart one. But with the average annual cost of a private room in a nursing home topping $100,000, according to Genworth, it pays to do diligent research to find a facility for your parent.   Read More...

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    Pickleball, Anyone?

    By Rosie Wolf Williams for Next AvenueThree years ago, Oro Valley, Ariz. resident Sherry Circle felt completely isolated from the world. She was diabetic and weighed more than 300 pounds.   Read More...

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    Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s Founder’s Day celebrates 70 years of service to seniors

    Employees of Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America will celebrate 70 years of providing quality senior services guided by Christian values when they observe Founders Day this week.The more than 2,000 professionals in 17 communities and two hospices across Kansas and Missouri will sign promise boards signifying a re-dedication of their commitment to PMMA’s core values of respect, dignity and independence.Employee surveys through the years indicate PMMA employees feel that being a part of resid...  Read More...

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    How to Find the Right Words for Someone in Hospice

    By Kevyn Burger for Next AvenueAfter spending 15 years researching the best ways to support people whose lives end in hospice, professor Elizabeth Bergman has advice for friends, neighbors, family members and co-workers who want to send them a final, poignant message: Mail cards, but choose them carefully.“Please don’t send a ‘get well’ card,” pleads Bergman, chair of Ithaca College’s Gerontology Institute.By its very definition, hospice is for patients who will not get well. Patients enter hosp...  Read More...

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    Advice for Long-Distance Caregiving Challenges

    By Debbie Swanson for Next AvenueAfter successfully completing cancer treatments, Julie Eaton’s 81-year-old father wanted to resume living on his own at his home in Albuquerque, N.M. The family, scattered around Kentucky, California and New Mexico, enlisted professional services as well as technology to support his wishes. “(When he passed), every one of us said how technology helped us take care of our dad, no matter where we were,” Eaton says.In a survey released by AARP, 87 ...  Read More...

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    16-Year-Old Author Writes Story of Love and Dementia

    By Julie Pfitzinger for Next AvenueThe subtitle for Grandpa and Lucy, a book by 16-year-old author Edie Weinstein, says it all: A Story About Love and Dementia. In this charming picture book, the main character, a young girl named Lucy, employs simple and loving gestures to strengthen the bond she has with her grandfather as signs of his Alzheimer’s disease begin to affect their close relationship.Weinstein, who lives in St. Paul, Minn.   Read More...

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    How to Turn Your Parents’ Stuff Into Something Cool

    By Rosie Wolf Williams for Next AvenueWhen Next Avenue published Richard Eisenberg’s viral story, “Sorry, Nobody Wants Your Parent’s Stuff,” the site received a mountain of responses mirroring the thought. Some, however, found themselves caught between the need to clear out their late parents’ belongings and the guilt of ridding themselves of precious possessions that were part of the memory of their moms and dads.Maybe the answer is somewhere in the middle: let go ...  Read More...

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    Following the Paperwork Trail of a Lifetime

    By Jenny Klion for Next AvenueThere is an enormous stack of paperwork that follows me wherever I go. Even now as I’m settling into a new apartment, I’m staring at the remaining dregs of paperwork I cannot get rid of. For years I have edited down these piles, thrown them out, ripped, shredded, cursed them, and still, the paperwork remains.   Read More...

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    Elder Financial Abuse: Why Banks and Advisers Are Stepping Up

    By Richard Eisenberg for Next AvenueIf you’re worried about your parents becoming victims of elder financial abuse, you’ll be cheered to hear that financial advisers, brokers and banks are taking serious steps to detect and halt the fraud. That’s due to new rules from the brokerage industry self-regulator FINRA and a 2018 law called the Senior Safe Act.“Banks and financial services firms are really making great strides,” said Jen McGarry, head of RBC Wealth Manageme...  Read More...

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    Switching Roles in Retirement

    By Wendy Schuman for Next AvenueRecently, packages that I hadn’t ordered began arriving at our doorstep. A digital kitchen timer, a set of measuring spoons, a vegetable peeler. It’s true our ancient kitchen tools have seen better days, but I never thought of replacing them until my husband Ken joined me in the kitchen for the first time in our long marriage.For years, he didn’t know how to turn on the oven.   Read More...

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