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    Worth Watching: A New TV Series on the Upside of Downsizing

    By Richard Eisenberg for Next AvenueWhen you think about downsizing your home and relocating, there’s a word that probably comes to mind: yecch. The process can be time-consuming, agonizing, frustrating and just plain sad. But, as the new public television series Legacy List shows (check local listings), downsizing also has an upside.   Read More...

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    Years Caring for His Wife Transformed This Doctor’s View of Health Care

    By Judith Graham for Next AvenueCaring for someone with a serious illness stretches people spiritually and emotionally, often beyond what they might have thought possible.Dr. Arthur Kleinman, a professor of psychiatry and anthropology at Harvard University, calls this “enduring the unendurable” in his recently published book, The Soul of Care: The Moral Education of a Husband and a Doctor.The book describes Kleinman’s awakening to the realities of caregiving when his belov...  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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    Preparing for the Unexpected Death of a Spouse

    By Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell for Next AvenueWhen my husband, Dale, passed away at age 57 from a sudden, massive heart attack two days before Thanksgiving in 2018, the last thing on my mind was the finances. This quickly changed, however, when I realized that as a relatively young widow of 54, I had just lost our second income.To exacerbate my situation, due to my age and not having dependent children at home, I was ineligible to draw even partial Social Security income until turning 60. Nor c...  Read More...