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    To Do: See the Doctor When You’re Healthy

    By Tara Haelle for Next AvenueNo one wants to opt into extra time at the doctor. But staying up-to-date on recommended screenings and tests is shown to keep more people healthy and independent. And this kind of care (called preventive care) is covered by nearly all insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid.Yet a majority of Americans over 50 are not up-to-date with preventive health recommendations.Preventive health is about stopping conditions from developing in the first place or f...  Read More...

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    Pass Along Traditions With a Family Cookbook

    By Brette Sember for Next AvenueNearly everyone can share a favorite food memory; whether it’s all of the components of the family’s traditional Thanksgiving meal or Grandma’s molasses cookie recipe or Dad’s famous waffles. Gathering these beloved memories together can be a true labor of love.A family cookbook preserves special family recipes, passing them down to future generations. Family cookbooks are popular for family reunions, weddings, and holidays.Virginie Martocq, owner of HeritageCookb...  Read More...

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    A Little Culture is Good for Your Mental Health

    By Sharon McDonnell for Next AvenueEve Hammond, 76, a retired scientist in the Bay Area, has a steady diet of museum and gallery shows, plays and/or concerts each month. She has also taken craft classes, from jewelry-making and pottery to mosaics, and is a member of a local museum.“Since my husband died, my only live-in companion is a cat. And while he is wonderful, I enjoy getting out and participating in what this city [San Francisco] has to offer,” says Hammond.   Read More...

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    How to Live With Purpose at Any Age

    By Angela Burton for Next Avenue“Make yourself useful,” my dad used to say to me when I was seven, standing around, twisting my arms into skinny pretzels while he washed our family station wagon. The suds splashed around the blue plastic bucket, his strong forearms scrubbing the baby blue front fenders. The sun shone later as every inch of the car gleamed.His work was meticulous and efficient.   Read More...

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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...