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    Are You a Helicopter Child to Your Parents?

    By Gary M. Stern for Next AvenueWhen psychologist Barry Jacobs saw that his aging mother’s mental faculties were weakening and confronted her about it, the two of them began to argue. Despite being an expert on aging, Jacobs, a Springfield, Pa.-based clinical psychologist, author of The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers: Looking After Yourself and Your Family While Helping Aging Parents, fell into the same traps and disputations with his parent that others do.His mother refused to use...  Read More...

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    Why Snoring Gets Worse with Age and What You Can Do About It

    By Emily Gurnon for Next Avenue“Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone,” British novelist Anthony Burgess reportedly said. Who hasn’t either been robbed of a night of peaceful sleep or been banished to another room because of snoring?It is one of the most common sleep problems, at least occasionally affecting about 90 million Americans, according to the National Sleep Foundation. And while the subject of jokes, snoring can indicate a serious medical problem.Why Snoring In...  Read More...

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    How to Have Difficult Conversations with Your Aging Parents

    By Catherine Hodder for Next Avenue(This article is an excerpt from Estate Planning for the Sandwich Generation: How to Help Your Parents and Protect Your Kids by Catherine Hodder.)An important part of caring for your aging parents is understanding their situation and knowing what they want. If you don’t know, then it is up to you to figure it out.Having open and frank discussions with your parents help avoid the stress and uncertainty about the future. It is a good idea to talk to parents...  Read More...

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    The 7 Benefits of Dancing at Any Age

    By Deborah Quilter for Next AvenuePier I juts out over the Hudson River on Manhattan’s Upper West Side with — depending on your vantage point — mesmerizing views of the New York City skyline or New Jersey. As the waning sun hovered above the horizon, 16 older women wearing name tags waited for their Thursday dance class to begin. They didn’t seem to mind that the humidity felt like a sticky second shirt or that there was little breeze in the air.Sitting in the middle of t...  Read More...

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    4 Questions to Ask Before Moving Your Parent to Assisted Living

    By Emily Gurnon for Next AvenueWith the boomer generation aging into their 50s, 60s and 70s and many of their parents now in their 70s, 80s and 90s, there is an increasing need for long-term care.Most older Americans would stay in their homes if they could, but health problems and lack of assistance often make that impossible. For those who need some help, but not the intensive medical care of a nursing home, assisted living is often seen as a good choice. And as an industry, it’s growing.But ac...  Read More...

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    Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America wins Mature Media Awards

    Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America is on the winners’ list in the 27th annual National Mature Media Awards Program.The Mature Market Resource Center, a national clearinghouse for the senior market, recognizes the nation’s finest marketing, communications, educational materials, and programs designed and produced for older adults.Recently the company announced its winners for the 27th Annual Mature Media Awards that included Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America (PMMA) for the 8th consec...  Read More...

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    6 Simple Tactics to Fight Loneliness

    By Cyn Meyer for Next AvenueAccording to AARP’s Loneliness Study, which surveyed adults ages 45 and older, more than 35 percent of of older adults are lonely, and loneliness is a significant predictor of poor health.This report also found that lonely people are less likely to be involved in social events, which, too, can mean poorer health, since being social is so important for your mental, physical, and emotional well-being.Additional consequences of loneliness include:45 percent increase in r...  Read More...

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    What Can Dogs Teach Us About Aging Well?

    By Steven N. Austad for Next AvenueFor the dog lovers among us, it is nothing short of tragic that the lives of our beloved pets are so short compared to ours.My own first inkling of the ravages of aging, in fact, was observing the life trajectory of my childhood dog, a splotchy mutt who I creatively named Spot. As I entered my teens, Spot was a strong and sturdy adult.   Read More...

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    The Creative Art of Quilting

    By Marijke Vroomen Durning for Next AvenueIf you’re among the 7 to 10 million quilters in the United States, you likely already know how quilting can have a positive impact on your life. Studies have shown crafting can have a healing effect on the mind, but did you know the art of quilting may help restore or maintain your health?Quilting Offers a Sense of Belonging With families and friends spread out across the country, it’s easy to feel disconnected. Unlike many other crafts, quilting ca...  Read More...

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    End-of-Life Rallies: Miraculous and Deceiving

    By Grace Birnstengel for Next Avenue(This article is part of the Living to the End of Life Special Report, and part of a special report for The John A. Hartford Foundation.)If you have a loved one in hospice, you may dream of having one final conversation or connection with him or her. For many, that wish becomes a reality, but it can come strapped along with confusion or false hope.“Terminal lucidity” refers to the phenomenon of someone briefly perking up before death.   Read More...

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