Monthly Archives: January 2016

Why having cancer made me stop rushing

Author Mark Nepo says slowing down will lead us back to empathy

By Mark Nepo for Next Avenue

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The following is adapted from Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering, Approaching Wholeness by Mark Nepo. Published in November 2015 by Sounds True.

One of the great transforming passages in my life was having cancer in my mid-30s. This experience READ MORE

How to travel alone and love it

Your parents’ advice doesn’t apply anymore

By Patricia Corrigan for Next Avenue

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Soaking in a mineral spring pool at a spa, I started talking with another pool denizen. The woman, in her late 60s, asked if I were traveling with family or friends. I said I was alone. She said, “I would be too afraid.”

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The Boomers’ gnawing worry about social security

They’re growing fearful that their promised benefits will be cut

By Richard Eisenberg for Next Avenue

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When the Presidential candidates dare to talk about shoring up Social Security, they typically say that people in their 50s and older needn’t worry — their benefits won’t be reduced to keep the system solvent. But boomers (who are age 51 to 69) READ MORE

How long-term care insurance policies backfire

What you or your parents can do so it doesn’t happen

By Richard Eisenberg for Next Avenue

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Some people protect themselves from the exorbitant out-of-pocket cost of long-term care (median annual price of a private room in a nursing home: $91,250, according to Genworth Financial), by buying long-term care insurance policies. But here’s some READ MORE

What to do when being the caregiver is not an option

Not everyone has the resources and stamina to take on the role, and it’s OK

By Phyllis Quinlan for Next Avenue

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There are 66 million unpaid adult family caregivers in America — 29 percent of the adult U.S. population — providing care to someone who is ill, disabled or aged, according to the National Alliance for Caregiving READ MORE

7 signs your aging parents need extra help

They may be afraid to tell you they are having trouble

By Joanna Nesbit for Next Avenue

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While their 84-year-old father recovered at a rehabilitation center after landing in the hospital with symptoms of a mini-stroke, the Jones (not their real name) siblings took the opportunity to do some cleaning at his house.

Opening the fridge, they READ MORE