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    Love Thy Neighbor Now

    By Barbara Twardowski for Next AvenueThe last few days, I’ve been receiving calls and texts from friends and neighbors. One person was running to the drug store and asked if I needed anything. Another friend wanted to be sure I had food.   Read More...

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    How to Live With Purpose at Any Age

    By Angela Burton for Next Avenue“Make yourself useful,” my dad used to say to me when I was seven, standing around, twisting my arms into skinny pretzels while he washed our family station wagon. The suds splashed around the blue plastic bucket, his strong forearms scrubbing the baby blue front fenders. The sun shone later as every inch of the car gleamed.His work was meticulous and efficient.   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...

  • Older Volunteers and Patients Win With Therapy Dog Visits

    By Tami Kamin Meyer for Next AvenueJudy Turner, 62, of Powell, Ohio, has been taking her German shepherd to various health care facilities since January 2017.“When I see the smiles Sunny puts on the faces of people she meets, I know we are helping someone who may be having a bad day, or just [providing] a distraction from what is going on in their life,” she says. Among the places they visit is the Chalmers P. Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center in Columbus.“As a dog lover, I know how much joy and s...  Read More...