Monthly Archives: October 2015

‘The Odyssey’ in a long-term care community

Performing a play based on the epic poem transformed its participants

By Anne Basting for Next Avenue

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Several years ago, I participated in a project that taught me something remarkable about aging and long-term care. The arts can transform long-term care into a meaningful experience — for people with dementia and those living independently. READ MORE

Fifty-something diet: 4 tips to help you age well

How you can fine-tune your eating habits to live longer and healthier

By Maureen Callahan for Next Avenue

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A bowl of oatmeal every morning, a handful of nuts, five servings of fruits and vegetables a day — researchers seem to be slowly compiling a grocery list of foods that can extend your lifespan.

At the same time, there are quite a READ MORE

How to make a real difference giving to charity

The views of ethicist Peter Singer, author of ‘The Most Good You Can Do’

By Richard Eisenberg for Next Avenue

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Heartbreaking tragedies like the Nepal earthquake often make us want to donate to a charity and do our part to help. We’re also often touched by TV commercials imploring us to open our wallets for needy pets and children.

But since you READ MORE

Using business principles to downsize a home

This boss got the job done using a few ideas from work

By Terry O’Reilly for Next Avenue

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After my wife passed away, there were five of us left sharing our family home: me, my two sons and a pair of dogs who had come to believe that they were in charge of the house.

In the two years that have gone by, life has assumed a new normal. And in READ MORE

A smart way to curb senior loneliness

In this program, old and young people connect with one another

By Rachel Adelson for Next Avenue

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Editor’s note: This article is part of a year-long project about aging well, planning for the changes that aging brings and shaping how society thinks about aging.

“Take two friendships and call me in the morning.”

That’s what Dr. Paul Tang, READ MORE

How to visit your aging parent the right way

How to visit your aging parents the right way.

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Taking a different approach can make things better for both of you

By Emily Gurnon for Next Avenue

Katherine Arnup, a retired professor at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, and now life coach, got an education in caregiving when her sister and parents got sick. She later became a hospice volunteer.

She drew on those experiences for her latest READ MORE