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Here They Come Again

Daily walks are giving Susan Coleman Goldstein and her husband the chance to re-connect with neighbors. This essay is part of Telling Our Stories, a series of 12 essays featuring the voices of Next Avenue readers.
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January 3, 2021

I Know My Neighbors Better By Looking Outside My Window

It was during day three or four of my self-quarantine in the densely packed city of Hoboken, N.J., that I woke up and saw a new dog sunning herself in the fifth-story window of a beautiful blue brownstone across the street.Her fur gently rose and fell, the sun brightening her rough white curls. I’d been worried, of course — about relatives in nursing homes, about friends who are immunocompromised — but I momentarily felt joy at the sig...
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August 18, 2020

Why Being Kind Makes You Healthier

By Chrystle Fiedler for Next AvenueWhen you are kind to another person, even in a small way, it has a positive effect by helping that person feel valued and supported. If you make such acts of kindness a regular habit, it’s actually good for your health and even slows your body’s aging process, according to research.“Two culprits that speed the process of aging are free radicals and inflammation. But remarkable research shows that the oxytocin [hormone] that we produce because ...
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August 6, 2019

The Letters of Love Program for Older Adults

By Helaina Hovitz for Next AvenueWith all the pressures today’s teenagers experience around academic work and extracurricular activities, while keeping up a social life, it’s truly remarkable to come across a young person who is not only running his own nonprofit and taking the time to volunteer, but doing it with the goal of bringing joy to a much older demographic.Jacob Cramer, of Cleveland, is truly remarkable.Now 18, Cramer began volunteering at a nursing home at the start of his adolescence...
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October 30, 2018

Wanted: Older Adults to Serve as Poll Workers

By Kevyn Burger for Next AvenueAs Deputy Commissioner of Elections for Linn County, Iowa, Rebecca Stonawski is tracking hundreds of details to prepare for Election Day in November, when voters living in the greater Cedar Rapids area, like those in the rest of the nation, will mark their ballots.One of those tasks on her to-do list is sending a card to congratulate a 90-year-old woman on her big birthday. The recipient is the oldest and longest-serving poll worker in the county.“I think she’s bee...
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October 23, 2018