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Guardianship Laws: Improving, But Problems Persist
By Emily Gurnon
Guardianship Laws: Improving, But Problems Persist
Cases of abusive guardianships have made headlines for decades. Horrific tales — of relatives fighting over Mom to access her savings, professional guardians draining an estate through exorbitant fees or nursing homes…
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How to Survive Your Kid’s Wedding
By Elizabeth Fishel
How to Survive Your Kid’s Wedding
Before my son, Will, 28, married his lovely, longtime girlfriend last summer, the only wedding I’d helped plan was my own, some 30-odd years before. Compared to my son’s full-on festivities, ours was a pleasantly simple affair—100 guests, a short outdoor ceremony with two attendants (my sister, my husband’s brother), lunch, dancing and everyone home…
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How to Find a Great Place to Live or Make Yours One
By Richard Eisenberg
How to Find a Great Place to Live or Make Yours One
I’m a sucker for lists, articles and books about “Best Places to Live” and given how popular they are, I suspect you are, too. Now, journalist Melody Warnick (who’s moved six times in her adult life) has written a terrific book that could help you find yours — or help you make your current community…
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Making Art Has a Profound Effect on Vulnerable Older Adults
By Suzanne Gerber
Making Art Has a Profound Effect on Vulnerable Older Adults
If social inclusion is an important factor in promoting optimum wellness in older adults, what happens when you add arts to the equation? Elaine Moody was curious about that question, so the nurse who was working on her Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia-Vancouver at the time, set out in search of an answer.…
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5 Essential Tips to Reinvent Your Career
By Robert DiGiacomo
5 Essential Tips to Reinvent Your Career
Career coach Julie Jansen, who’s all about reinventing your career for the better, walks the walk with her advice. The author of the newly revised I Don’t Know What I Want, But I Know It’s Not This: A Step by Step Guide to Finding Gratifying Work, has herself made several fulfilling career changes over the decades…
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Seeing America Through New Eyes
By Jonathan Look
Seeing America Through New Eyes
In 2011, at 50, I took early retirement from my job as an air traffic controller, left Texas and began traveling the world. Since then, with the exception of a few short visits back to see family, I’ve been hopping from bases as diverse as the Chiapas Highlands of Central Mexico to my current home on the banks of the Mekong River in Southeast Asia...
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Is Marijuana Safe for Your Pet?
By Debbie Swanson
Is Marijuana Safe for Your Pet?
With medical marijuana laws now in effect in 25 states and Washington, D.C, we’ve all heard much discussion about the pros and cons of pot. But whether or not you embrace marijuana’s new reputation, if you own pets, it’s time to pay attention. A Tempting Treat? If you own a dog, you’ve surely witnessed his…
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One of the Most Important Things to Do For Your Grandkids
By Donna Butts
One of the Most Important Things to Do For Your Grandkids
Grandparents and grandfriends go to great lengths to protect the children in their lives. Among other things they provide safe environments, share stories that connect children to their roots and, in some cases, help pay for their education or after-school activities. They care deeply. So why then does the number of adults up to date…
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A Sneak Peek Into the Future of Work and Retirement
By Richard Eisenberg
A Sneak Peek Into the Future of Work and Retirement
Most retirement and employment analysts believe that, for many Americans, 21st century retirement includes — and will include — some work. My Next Avenue colleague Kerry Hannon calls work “a pillar of retirement.” But is that a good thing for older Americans? And have employers and the U.S. government morphed appropriately to accommodate this reality?…
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Single People Worry: Who’ll Be There For Us?
By Holly J. Lawrence
Single People Worry: Who’ll Be There For Us?
Growing up during the heyday of The Beatles, I used to sing along to Eleanor Rigby when it played on the radio: Eleanor Rigby died in the church and was buried along with her name Nobody came Father McKenzie wiping the dirt from his hands as he walks from the grave No one was saved…
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