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    Pickleball, Anyone?

    By Rosie Wolf Williams for Next AvenueThree years ago, Oro Valley, Ariz. resident Sherry Circle felt completely isolated from the world. She was diabetic and weighed more than 300 pounds.  Read More...

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    Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s Founder’s Day celebrates 70 years of service to seniors

    Employees of Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America will celebrate 70 years of providing quality senior services guided by Christian values when they observe Founders Day this week.The more than 2,000 professionals in 17 communities and two hospices across Kansas and Missouri will sign promise boards signifying a re-dedication of their commitment to PMMA’s core values of respect, dignity and independence.Employee surveys through the years indicate PMMA employees feel that being a part of resid...  Read More...

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    How to Find the Right Words for Someone in Hospice

    By Kevyn Burger for Next AvenueAfter spending 15 years researching the best ways to support people whose lives end in hospice, professor Elizabeth Bergman has advice for friends, neighbors, family members and co-workers who want to send them a final, poignant message: Mail cards, but choose them carefully.“Please don’t send a ‘get well’ card,” pleads Bergman, chair of Ithaca College’s Gerontology Institute.By its very definition, hospice is for patients who will not get well. Patients enter hosp...  Read More...

  • Advice for Long-Distance Caregiving Challenges

    By Debbie Swanson for Next AvenueAfter successfully completing cancer treatments, Julie Eaton’s 81-year-old father wanted to resume living on his own at his home in Albuquerque, N.M. The family, scattered around Kentucky, California and New Mexico, enlisted professional services as well as technology to support his wishes. “(When he passed), every one of us said how technology helped us take care of our dad, no matter where we were,” Eaton says.In a survey released by AARP, 87 ...  Read More...

  • 16-Year-Old Author Writes Story of Love and Dementia

    By Julie Pfitzinger for Next AvenueThe subtitle for Grandpa and Lucy, a book by 16-year-old author Edie Weinstein, says it all: A Story About Love and Dementia. In this charming picture book, the main character, a young girl named Lucy, employs simple and loving gestures to strengthen the bond she has with her grandfather as signs of his Alzheimer’s disease begin to affect their close relationship.Weinstein, who lives in St. Paul, Minn.  Read More...

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