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    Is Your Estate as Planned As You Think?

    By Patrick O'Brien for Next AvenueYou’ve considered how you want your estate to be distributed after you die. Hopefully, you’ve even written a will to make sure your wishes will be followed. So, your estate is planned…right?While most of us would like to think that estate planning is that simple, there are other things to consider as part of the process, and topics that need to be revisited over time.   Read More...

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    How Men Grieve

    By Jackson Rainer for Next AvenueA friend asked with genuine concern, “How are you?”“I’m OK.  Not very happy, never am. I think the world is a pretty crazy place, but I’m OK,” I replied.“Really?   Read More...

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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...