Everything listed under: Aging Well

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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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    How to Find a Good Estate Planner

    By Elizabeth Alterman for Next AvenueEstate planning is a critical part of financial planning, but something many Americans procrastinate about. Yet drafting a will and a health care proxy or power of attorney, maybe creating a trust, and maximizing your loved ones’ inheritances by minimizing taxes are all important matters you don’t want to leave to chance.Taking care of these key tasks properly limits the potential for family turmoil and possible legal battles should you becom...  Read More...

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    Don’t Need to Downsize Yet? Great. Start Now.

    By Ellen Ryan for Next AvenueJane and John Doe knew they would trade in their four-bedroom family house someday for a smaller, more manageable home. But the couple put off downsizing until after retirement … then after their youngest’s wedding … then after a big vacation … then ….Then John had a stroke. Suddenly Jane faced not just the immediate health crisis, but having to move their entire decades-old household into a one-level apartment within three week...  Read More...

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    How to Take Charge of Your Health Before Something Bad Happens

    By Gary M. Stern for Next AvenueHave you ever noticed it seems to take a life-threatening health incident, like a heart attack, before people will change their everyday eating or exercise habits? According to the two experts interviewed for this story, it’s an all-to-common phenomenon.For many people, until they face a major setback — such as a breathing problem, a stroke or double bypass surgery — they resist making meaningful changes for their health.   Read More...

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    Creating a New Life as a Widow

    By Barbara Rady Kazdan for Next AvenueAfter losing my husband 10 years ago, I joined a bereavement group. At the final session, a few of us decided to meet monthly for lunch. Perfect for me, because for the first time in my life, I had no friends who lived nearby.   Read More...