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    11 Tips for Traveling With a Tour Group

    By Theresa Keegan for Next AvenueDuring a dinner party, friends mentioned they were going to China. It was a 10-day, dirt-cheap, fully-guided, all-inclusive trip — and there were still spaces available. I’d never had the country on my bucket list, but when my husband said “I’ve always wanted to see the Terra Cotta Warriors,” I thought, why not?   Read More...

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    The Inspiring Influence of an Art Lover

    By Lauren Stiller Rikleen for Next AvenueMy husband’s mother, Rebecca Frank Rikleen, celebrated her 96th birthday on Halloween, but likely did not have a lot of time for festivities. Most days, she walks down the steep hill behind the rent-controlled New York City apartment where she’s lived for the past 68 years to catch a bus that takes her to an art workshop or poetry class. After returning by bus and walking up that same hill, she may spend some of her afternoon attending a ...  Read More...

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    Why It’s Best to Involve People With Early Stage Dementia in Care Planning

    By Judy Stringer-Holman for Next AvenueReceiving a diagnosis of early stage dementia can fill a person and that person’s loved ones with fear and anxiety about what the future holds.Yet, dementia can progress slowly over years, giving people and their families and friends plenty of time to plan for the future together.In too many cases, however, that is simply not happening, says Silvia Orsulic-Jeras, a senior research analyst at the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging in Cleveland....  Read More...

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    Broaching the Subject of Hearing Loss

    By Mark Ray for Next AvenueHelene Rosenthal’s day starts when she gets out of bed and puts in her hearing aids, something that’s as natural as brushing her teeth. It ends when she climbs into bed and says to her husband, Jim, “Is there anything else you want to say? Because I’m about to not be able to hear you.”Nearly a decade ago, the New York City couple had very different conversations.   Read More...

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    Marjorie Johnson’s Recipe for Longevity

    By Kevyn Burger for Next AvenueIn honor of her most recent birthday, Marjorie Johnson was serenaded by a Grammy Award-winning singer and an Emmy award-winning comedian on a national TV show.It wasn’t just any birthday for Johnson, a champion baker who’s earned more than 3,000 ribbons and rosettes for her cookies, cakes, rolls and breads and has long delighted television audiences with her peppy personality.Johnson turned 100 in August, and less than a month later she flew &mdash...  Read More...