We need to hear well before the voice is silenced by the disease
By Mike Good for Next Avenue
(Editor’s Note: This is the eighth in a series examining and interpreting a commonly used “bill of rights” for dementia patients.)
People with Alzheimer’s or other dementia are an invaluable part of our society. Millions of them are brilliant,
Despair turns to hope during a humdrum trip to the grocery store
By Peter Gerstenzang for Next Avenue
A few mornings ago, I saw a reflection of myself and had to summon every bit of strength to keep from shrieking. What was staring back at me, from a darkened winter window, was sad, morally repugnant and just plain creepy.
As I caught a glimpse of myself
College students and older adults become ‘pals’ in this creative arts program
By Linda Bernstein for Next Avenue
“Whom would I meet? What would I say? Would I seem dorky?” These were Rena Berlin’s concerns before she met her Partner in Art Learning, the new “pal” she’d been matched with through a program that pairs a college student with an older
Our relationship is different from our parents’ but just as lasting
By Candy Schulman for Next Avenue
When I mention I recently celebrated my 40th wedding anniversary, friends stare incredulously as if to say, “How is that possible?” I joke that I was a child bride in an arranged marriage, sold with a dowry to the highest bidder. The truth is I
Dr. Steve Swaim practiced and taught veterinary medicine for 50 years. When he retired, Dr. Swaim put down his scalpel and picked up woodcarving tools. And animals are still his favorite subjects.
Dr. Swaim’s carving, “Two Geriatric Gents,”
They are getting a lot of attention and may even be good for you
By Maureen Callahan for Next Avenue
In the never-ending parade of new food products that make headlines every year, there are always a few that catch on and become trendy, almost fashionable. They are options that beg to be included in any healthy diet.
The question is: Are they worth
His pictures from the other side of the world set me off on an unexpected path
By Wendy Walleigh for Next Avenue
Africa has had a special place in my heart ever since I was a little girl looking at my father’s World War II photos. Dad had been a 24-year-old Air Force cargo pilot in multiple countries in east, west and central Africa. And while on the continent