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    Planting Coral Bells for Mom

    By Debbie L. Miller for Next AvenueAfter 23 years of marriage, I was finished. For the last nine of those years, I’d owned a house with a garden in East Tennessee where I grew herbs, perennials, wildflowers and vegetables.   Read More...

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    Downshifting From a Life in Overdrive

    By Jill Smolowe for Next AvenueDo you think that when we slow down, it’s because we’re aging or because the nature of retired life demands less of us?I ask because, as I near 64, I look with a mix of wonder and bewilderment at the politicians, judges and entertainers who are more than a decade older than I and going full-tilt at their careers. Where do they get their energy? Are they aberrations?   Read More...

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    The Basics About Age-Related Macular Degeneration

    By Maxine Lipner for Next AvenueAge-related macular degeneration (AMD) causes deterioration of the macula, the part of the eye that provides sharp, clear, straight-ahead vision. As many as 11 million people in the United States have some form of AMD, and that number is expected to increase to nearly 22 million by 2050, according to the BrightFocus Foundation, a nonprofit that supports research to end AMD, glaucoma and Alzheimer’s disease.AMD can be passed from generation to generation, acc...  Read More...

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    Should All People 65+ Get Cognitive Assessments?

    By Edie Grossfield for Next AvenueA special section in the recently released Alzheimer’s Association’s 2019 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report focuses on the role primary care physicians can play in early detection of the disease. The association says all people 65 and older should receive some kind of assessment of their thinking and memory functions and that the primary care setting is the best place to do it. It should be a part of routine exams, said Joanne Pike, ...  Read More...

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    The 4 Things That Matter Most Late in Life

    By Poul-Erik Tindbaek for Next AvenueWhen I was asked to contribute to an international survey on “What is most important for well-being in later life?” my first response was: Oh, I can easily come up with an answer to that question.A few seconds after I said yes, I realized that I shouldn’t come up with what matters most to me for a good life in my third age (the healthy years after work, but before fragility and disease set in). I should offer what I think are most important ...  Read More...