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    Try Tai Chi for Balance and Fall Prevention

    By Debbie L. Miller for Next AvenuePatricia Bethke Bing, 75, a retired community organizer in Knoxville, Tenn., has been practicing Tai chi for approximately 20 years. She practices three days a week, for 40 minutes, with a group of people around her age.“I decided to do Tai chi for the health benefits, both mental and physical.   Read More...

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    Broken Heart Syndrome: Illness After Loss

    By Amy Florian for Next AvenueMuch ink has been spilled about George H.W. Bush becoming seriously ill after the death of his wife of 73 years, Barbara. Similarly, the father of fashion designer Kate Spade died a day before her funeral recently.   Read More...

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    What Not to Say to Someone Having a Health Crisis

    By Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell for Next AvenueI recently underwent a months-long health challenge and lost 65 pounds in a year. When I was still struggling with the health challenge and the weight loss, I saw a friend I hadn’t seen in months.“My God!” he exclaimed, wide-eyed. “You look like you’re wasting away!”When women lose weight, most consider it a good thing.   Read More...

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    Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America announces Art is Ageless® winners

    Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America has announced the winners of its annual, system-wide Art is Ageless® competition. The works of more than 50 senior artists from Kansas and Missouri will be featured in the 2019 Art is Ageless calendar and greeting cards.Art is Ageless is open exclusively to people age 65 and older. Competition pieces and works must have been completed in the past five years.   Read More...

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    5 Life Lessons from End-of-Life Experts

    By Lisa Fields for Next AvenueYou’ve heard it countless times: Life is short, so appreciate each moment.People with life-limiting diagnoses know this intimately: When they come to terms with their mortality, their priorities often change, and they may try to squeeze as much substance into their lives as they can. This often involves trying to resolve long-standing problems with loved ones and strengthening important relationships.Very few healthy people live this way, though. We get caught...  Read More...

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    Americans with Alzheimer's Now Number 5.7 Million

    By Beth Baker for Next AvenueThe estimated number of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias has risen to 5.7 million, from 5.5 million in 2017, according to a report released today by the Alzheimer’s Association.That’s an increase of roughly 3.6 percent and largely reflects the aging of the boomer generation.By 2025, the 2018 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report projects, 7.1 million Americans aged 65 and older will have Alzheimer’s, and by 2050, some 13.8 million.Dementi...  Read More...

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    How the Senior Safe Act Could Curb Elder Financial Abuse

    The just-passed legislation would help pros alert authoritiesBy Roger Fouton for Next AvenueElder financial abuse is scamming some 5 million older Americans a year, through cons like get-rich-schemes and fake fundraising campaigns. Trusted family members, friends, caregivers and financial advisers are often to blame, but unsolicited scams are also very common. With the problem escalating, lawmakers in Congress recently passed bipartisan legislation aimed at curbing it and protecting potential vi...  Read More...

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    Using Your Own Body Weight to Exercise After 50

    Enjoy great health benefits without the need for special equipmentBy Edmund O. Lawler for Next AvenueWhen she talks to her patients about exercise, Johns Hopkins geriatrician Dr. Alicia Arbaje encounters resistance about two-thirds of the time.“I’m too old, I’m too sick, I’m in too much pain,” Arbaje says are the reasons most frequently given by patients for not wanting to exercise.   Read More...

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    Losing My Dad

    With the death of her father, this writer discovers a different kind of griefBy Jill Smolowe for Next AvenueIt happened again this morning. I’d just finished a task at my desk and thought, Okay, time to call Dad. Then my eyes teared up as I remembered, Dad’s not here anymore.My father died on March 19 at the age of 87.   Read More...

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    It's OK To Be Just OK at Making Art

    Trying her hand at painting took this writer out of her comfort zoneBy Sally Koslow for Next AvenueSince the day I could read “See Sally run,” I’ve been a Word Girl following a predictable path: diary keeper, pen pal, school newspaper editor, poetry contest competitor, reporter and magazine editor. In recent years, I’ve joined two book clubs, written novels and coached other writers. Not that I don’t like, say, art.   Read More...

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