Category Archives: Lifelong Learning

6 Steps to Keeping the Peace This Holiday Season

Hands holding glasses as if making a toast, above a table set for a big meal

These tips can help avoid resentment and friction at family gatherings. [Photo credit: Thinkstock]

By Donna Sapolin for Next Avenue

Our expectations of family members and a desire to have a heartwarming, joyful time with them seem to peak during holiday gatherings. Yet that’s precisely when relatives can be at their worst, replaying old grievances READ MORE

5 Ways to Make Sure Your Parents Are Safe In Bad Weather

Photo of flooded neighborhood

You can’t control Mother Nature, but certain precautions are important. [Photo credit: Thinkstock]

By Jasmine Dyoco for Next Avenue

Lately, it seems our headlines have been filled with stories about Mother Nature wreaking havoc on our surroundings. From horrible flooding to fast-spreading wildfires to monster hurricanes, weather and the damage READ MORE

Why Some Grown Kids Cut Off Their Parents

One mother reflects on whether she’s partly to blame. (Photo credit: iStock)

Could their estrangement be caused by how we raised them?

By Elizabeth Vagnoni for Next Avenue

The truth is — I am estranged from my two adult sons.

The truth is — I love my sons and I miss them every day.

The truth is — I can’t understand how in the world this has happened.

The truth is — saying you love them and miss them is not enough. READ MORE

When Music Becomes Your Medicine

Man sits at piano with mobile device, learning to play

Music therapy has been around for a long time, but only recently became a recognized medical discipline with board certification. [Photo credit: Adobe Stock]

Playing an instrument offers physical and emotional benefits if you have health issues

By Bart Astor for Next Avenue

If music hath charms to soothe the savage breast, then playing music hath charms to heal the savage breast, or, more appropriately, the damaged lungs.

This is what Tom Zoe of Austin, Texas believes. So he helped create a program at Seton Medical Center READ MORE

It’s Never Too Late to Learn Something New

Woman with backpack looks at mobile device in library

Where to look for learning opportunities [Photo credit: Adobe Stock]

Don’t just watch the kids go back to school this fall

By Patricia Corrigan for Next Avenue

Lunchbox? Check. Backpack? Check. New outfit for the first day? Check.

So you’ve helped get a grandchild or other youngster ready to go back to school. But what about you? Staying mentally active after 50 stimulates neural networks, increases knowledge, READ MORE

The Amazing Technology That Could Change How We Age

Experts say it will make life happier, healthier and easier for older adults and caregivers

By Suzanne Gerber for Next Avenue

Hand typing on a laptop

“Future tech will increase older people’s independence and help relieve the health services,” says Naomi Climer. [Photo credit: Getty Images]

Pop quiz: When you think about how technology will personally impact your life over the next 10 to 20 years, which of these things do you envision as being part of that evolution?:

  1. Holographic technology to communicate with your family
  2. A car that chauffeurs you around
  3. 3-D-printed medicine
  4. Drones to help with household activities
  5. All of the above

If the tech-prognosticators are to be believed, the correct answer READ MORE

Here’s a tool to plan for late-life what-ifs

A website for older adults by older adults

By Kevyn Burger for Next Avenue

Seniors have a lot to say about thier options for care.

Jane Curry used Plan Your Lifespan to think through her contingencies in case health issues diminish her independence.

Jane Curry, of Chicago, settled into a retirement community a few years ago, where she found friends and support. It was part of her preparation to age in place in a home of her own. But the now-75-year-old widow knew READ MORE

Write down those special grandparent moments

How to keep a journal or blog so you can both share memories

By Patricia Corrigan for Next Avenue

Sharing your hopes and dreams for your grandchildren can become a treasured gift.

Credit: ThinkStock – You can record your thoughts and memories as a keepsake for your grandchildren.

So many boomers are finding delight in nurturing grandchildren — and most of us also are amazed that they do grow up quickly. That rarely seemed the case when we were bringing up our own kids.

A traditional baby book stuffed with baby shower napkins, READ MORE