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Advice on Moving to a Continuing Care Retirement Community
By Harriet Edleson
Advice on Moving to a Continuing Care Retirement Community
If you have looked at options for where to live as you age, you may have considered continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs). Here’s what to know before moving into one: A CCRC typically offers different tiers of living situations, from independent to assisted living to nursing care and, sometimes, a separate Alzheimer’s or dementia wing…
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When You Need Help Caring for Mom or Dad
By Emma Dickison
When You Need Help Caring for Mom or Dad
When I was 17, the matriarch of my family, my grandmother, suffered her fifth stroke. Afterward, her mind was still sharp, but physically she was never the same. She needed care 24 hours a day. In the summers and on holidays, we would drive to Kentucky from our home in Florida to spend time with family …
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How to Find Your Inner Artist at Any Age
By Hélèna Katz
How to Find Your Inner Artist at Any Age
My parents’ duplex is like a shrine dedicated to our family’s artistic talents. One sister’s paintings, sketches and collages decorate the walls. Another’s drawing holds a prominent spot in the dining room. A cabinet displays my father’s sculptures and my mother’s handmade dolls, which are outfitted in 19th-century costumes that she designed and sewed herself.…
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It’s Time to Invent Rituals for Retirement
By Donald Miller
It’s Time to Invent Rituals for Retirement
Every day, as you may have heard, 10,000 people in the United States turn 65. The financial industry advertises to this retirement cohort with images of youthful-looking people sipping cocktails on a Polynesian beach. Other images feature an aging man on his new Harley, ready to conquer the highways of America. Being in the first…
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Why Calling Mom or Dad Is Not the Same As Visiting
By Judith Graham
Why Calling Mom or Dad Is Not the Same As Visiting
Phoning or emailing an older relative is a good way to stay in touch but it doesn’t have the same positive impact as stopping by for a cup of tea or an intimate chat. So finds a recent study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society that examined how older adults respond to different…
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The Benefits of Going Back to Your Childhood Home
By Melissa T. Shultz
The Benefits of Going Back to Your Childhood Home
After we buried Nana, my family drove to her old house — the one my mother and her brother grew up in. When we arrived, we found it dilapidated, and her old Queens, New York, neighborhood without a pulse. Three generations had gathered together, anxious to rekindle happy memories of family gatherings there. My fantasy…
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Why We Must Reframe How We See Alzheimer’s
By Mike Good
Why We Must Reframe How We See Alzheimer’s
The complexity of Alzheimer’s and the non-uniformity of the disease from person to person have resulted in a gross misrepresentation of it. Society as a whole has significant misconceptions and expectations about what Alzheimer’s is and how it affects the individual and his or her family. In our naiveté, we’ve been led to believe that…
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7 Rules for Surviving Roommates When You’re Over 50
By Chuck Otto
7 Rules for Surviving Roommates When You’re Over 50
A few years ago, when my wife and I separated on the way to divorce, I left our rural Michigan home and returned to my city of longtime residence, Chicago. For financial and social reasons, I decided to look for a shared-living situation. This choice, I was convinced, would allow me to save a few…
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Get Old Faster, Says This Geriatrician
By Bill Thomas, M.D.
Get Old Faster, Says This Geriatrician
There is a real problem with aging in America today — it’s not fast enough. I understand that “get old faster” is the most unlikely phrase to be printed on a T-shirt,…
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5 Ways to Keep Your Kids From Fighting Over Your Will
By Patrick O'Brien
5 Ways to Keep Your Kids From Fighting Over Your Will
It is your worst nightmare. You’ve passed away, and now your adult children no longer speak to each other. Circumstances around your death have destroyed the family you spent your life building. As the CEO and co-founder of Executor.org, I’ve seen this all too often. But this terrible scenario is preventable, if you plan properly.…
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