Category Archives: Wellness

8 things to avoid this summer if you have allergies

With the weather working against you, here are ways to limit symptoms

By Robin Wilson for Next Avenue

With the hot and humid weather of summer, the symptoms of allergies are in full swing for many.

With the hot and humid weather of summer, the symptoms of allergies are in full swing for many.

With the hot and humid weather of summer, the symptoms of allergies are in full swing for many. As an ambassador for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and author READ MORE

How mindfulness will help you lose weight

Food for thought from ‘The Joy of Half a Cookie’ author

By Emily Gurnon for Next Avenue


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You’re in good company if you have tried and failed to lose weight or to keep the pounds off. But Jean Kristeller, professor emerita of psychology at Indiana State University, may be able to help.

She developed a Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness READ MORE

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.”

Timidity around this topic READ MORE

‘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


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


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

7 things you should be doing for your bones now

Half of us over 50 will have weak bones by 2020 unless we make changes

By Rhoda Fukushima for Next Avenue


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When registered dietitian Toby Smithson gave presentations on bone health, she’d bring three bags of flour, each with a different amount. One bag represented osteoporosis. Another bag represented osteopenia, or bone whose density is lower than normal READ MORE