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    Anxiety Is Another Stage of Grief

    By Claire Bidwell Smith for Next AvenueWhat is anxiety? Where does it come from, and how can you gain control over it? And why is it so frequently spurred by the loss of a loved one?   Read More...

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    The End-of-Life Care That Veterans Need

    By Carole Quackenbush for Next AvenueEvery veteran is unique, with a lifetime of memories, stories and achievements. At the same time, veterans share a common experience regardless of when and where they served. The rigors of military training, the bonds developed among service members, long separations from family and loved ones and the severe stress of combat all form a veteran’s character.   Read More...

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    Medicare Fall Open Enrollment Advice

    How Medicare beneficiaries can ensure they'll have the right plans in 2019By Joe Baker President, Medicare Rights CenterPart of the Political Issues and Policies Special Report If you are enrolled in Medicare — the federal health insurance program for people 65 and older and some people with disabilities — you will soon have the opportunity to make changes to your health and prescription drug coverage. Medicare’s Fall Open Enrollment begins Monday, October 15 and lasts...  Read More...

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    The Letters of Love Program for Older Adults

    By Helaina Hovitz for Next AvenueWith all the pressures today’s teenagers experience around academic work and extracurricular activities, while keeping up a social life, it’s truly remarkable to come across a young person who is not only running his own nonprofit and taking the time to volunteer, but doing it with the goal of bringing joy to a much older demographic.Jacob Cramer, of Cleveland, is truly remarkable.Now 18, Cramer began volunteering at a nursing home at the start of his adolescence...  Read More...

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    'Letter Project' Makes End-of-Life Wishes Clear

    By Beth Baker for Next Avenue“I do not want to be a burden on my family… I would prefer to be placed in a nursing home or whatever kind of facility and have my family come visit.”“I do not want to be on a breathing machine. I do not want to be artificially fed. I would like to be pain free.   Read More...

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    Wanted: Older Adults to Serve as Poll Workers

    By Kevyn Burger for Next AvenueAs Deputy Commissioner of Elections for Linn County, Iowa, Rebecca Stonawski is tracking hundreds of details to prepare for Election Day in November, when voters living in the greater Cedar Rapids area, like those in the rest of the nation, will mark their ballots.One of those tasks on her to-do list is sending a card to congratulate a 90-year-old woman on her big birthday. The recipient is the oldest and longest-serving poll worker in the county.“I think she’s bee...  Read More...

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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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