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    Why Frailty Isn’t Inevitable and How to Prevent It

    By Liz Seegert for Next AvenueYou know them when you see it. Older adults who appear so fragile that a strong gust of wind might knock them over. They are often exceedingly thin, and their skin is parchment-like.   Read More...

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    A Dying Fish, A Son’s Wish

    By Marc Silver for Next AvenueThis is a story about an unlikely mix of topics: running, music, mothers, aging and a stranded blowfish.I was on an early morning run along the beach in Cape May, N.J. during a three-day getaway. It was a great run.   Read More...

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    How to Avoid Compassion Burnout

    By Patricia Corrigan for Next AvenueCaregivers, both professional and personal, often suffer from compassion fatigue — a syndrome also known as “secondary trauma stress.” But navigating any close, personal relationship also can lead to emotional stress and burnout.As a self-described former “black-belt people pleaser,” the Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi, a Buddhist nun, says: “Burnout may be a reflection of a society that so often looks to women to comfort thos...  Read More...

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    Ways to Vet a Caregiver or Caregiving Agency

    By Toni L. Kamins for Next AvenueRecently, The Wall Street Journal published the results of its investigation into the practices of Care.com, the country’s largest matching site for caregivers, babysitters and nannies. What it found raises serious questions for anyone who needs to hire help to care for a loved one.Care.com claims to have overhauled many questionable procedures and policies since The Wall Street Journal article in March, but the findings should make all of us think carefully abou...  Read More...

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    When Families Keep the Truth From Their Dying Loved Ones

    By Larry Patten for Next Avenue(This is a personal essay by retired pastor Larry Patten, who now works in a Fresno, Calif., hospice facility.)Answering the innocent question of what I do for a living can kill a conversation.I work in hospice services, and have visited people in their homes, hospitals and skilled nursing facilities when they have months or weeks to live.Even our patients and families want to avoid talking about my job. Often enough, a hospice staff member is asked to not wear his...  Read More...