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    You’re Never Too Old, Busy or Rusty to Make Music

    By Amy Nathan for Next AvenueDo you ever wish you knew how to play a musical instrument? If so, you are not alone. Yet a 2012 National Endowment for the Arts survey found that just 12 percent of U.S.   Read More...

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    Why Some People Have Longevity Genes and Others Don’t

    By The Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging for Next AvenueDirector of the Longevity Genes Project at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Nir Barzilai has discovered several longevity genes in humans that appear to protect centenarians against major age-related diseases. Barzilai is also co-founder of CohBar, a biotech company developing mitochondria-based therapeutics to treat diseases associated with aging.   Read More...

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    Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America websites win awards in international marketing competition

    AVA Digital Awards recently announced Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America (PMMA) received two awards for outstanding achievement by creative professionals involved in concept, direction, design and production of media that is part of the evolution of digital communication.The newly redesigned Art is Ageless® website and PMMA’s brand new Giving website, featuring the stories of residents whose lives are affected through the company’s philanthropic efforts, both received Gold Awards...  Read More...

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    Living Life With the End in Mind

    By Grace Birnstengel for Next Avenue(Part of the Living to the End of Life, a special report for The John A. Hartford Foundation.)Cathy Wurzer made a dying man a promise.Through interviews with Bruce Kramer (a former dean at the University of St. Thomas in St.   Read More...

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    The Relationship Between Delirium and Dementia

    By The Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging for Next AvenueHarvard Medical School professor Dr. Sharon K. Inouye is one of the world leaders in geriatrics research and innovation.   Read More...

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    It’s Quality, Not Quantity, of Life That Matters

    By The Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging for Next AvenueFrom spearheading the Affordable Care Act to opposing the legalization of euthanasia, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel continues to make his mark on health care. Emanuel, vice provost of global initiatives and chair of the department of medical ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania, is a globally renowned oncologist and bioethicist, and author and contributor to numerous media outlets.   Read More...

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    5 Hidden Causes of Heart Disease

    By Frieda Wiley, PharmD for Next AvenueHeart disease kills about 610,000 people in the United States each year — 1 in every 4 deaths — more than any other disease, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s commonly known that exercise and eating a healthful diet are keys to keeping your heart in tip top shape. But there are seemingly unrelated conditions and lifestyle habits that can lead to heart disease.Here are five lesser-known causes of heart disease t...  Read More...

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    How to Choose Hospice Care

    By Liz Seegert for Next Avenue(Editor’s note: This story is part of a special report for The John A. Hartford Foundation.)Making the decision to transition your loved one to hospice care (for people whose medical conditions mean they are expected to die within six months) is a time of emotional upheaval. It’s often accompanied by confusion, with little understanding of available options or how hospice actually works.Knowing ahead of time which hospice services are available and the t...  Read More...

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    The Habits That Can Help You Live Longer

    By The Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging for Next AvenueElizabeth Blackburn, president emerita of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, is one of only 12 women to have won a Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine. She was honored for her co-discovery of telomerase, the enzyme that replenishes the telomere, an area of the chromosome related to the process of aging. In this interview with the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging, Blackburn —the Next Avenue Influe...  Read More...

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    If It’s Time to Take A Loved One’s Car Key Away

    By Wendy Irvine for Next AvenueMy grandma was what the polite would call “a character.”The third of nine, my Gram was born the year the Titanic went down. She spent her life doting on her Italian family, even if she couldn’t remember who she was bossing around at the moment, calling out “Angela, Mary, Theresa, Michelle — aww, what the hell is your name?”Given how feisty my grandma could be, it was no wonder that her caregivers postponed absconding with her car...  Read More...

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