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How to Start Painting at Any Age
By Heidi Raschke
How to Start Painting at Any Age
Megan Jackson is the kind of person people describe as an old soul. “It’s hard for me to really connect in my own age group, and that’s always been the case,” says the painter who created the untitled work that tops Next Avenue’s Artful Aging Special Report. “I’ve always had older friends.” Before Jackson created…
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Can You Really Reverse Diabetes?
By Rita Rubin
Can You Really Reverse Diabetes?
Most health care professionals will tell you that type 2 diabetes is a chronic, progressive and incurable disease (it’s the seventh leading cause of death in the United States). But some small recent studies have raised the tantalizing possibility that diabetes could go into remission — at least partially, at least temporarily, at least in…
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A Dangerous Health Problem No One Talks About
By Linda Melone, CSCS
A Dangerous Health Problem No One Talks About
You’re sitting down to enjoy a nice steak at your favorite restaurant, maybe sipping a little wine. Suddenly a piece of meat gets stuck in your throat. It’s not enough to block your breathing, so you’re not quite choking —but you also can’t get it down. You excuse yourself and go to the restroom, hoping…
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Best Money Moves When You Get Laid Off
By Kerry Hannon
Best Money Moves When You Get Laid Off
If you’ve ever been laid off, you know how it stings. I’ve been there, too, and, sadly, growing numbers of workers have lost their jobs lately. The first quarter of 2016 saw 76 percent more job cuts than the last quarter of 2015, according to global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas. If you become…
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Time to End Forced Retirement?
By Kerry Hannon
Time to End Forced Retirement?
A few weeks ago I was at a dinner for the kick-off to a three-day program in New York City I attended called Age Boom Academy, whose theme was Global Aging: Danger Ahead? Our dinner speaker was John Beard, director of the World Health Organization (an arm of the United Nations) Department of Ageing and…
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7 Common Drugs Linked to Higher Risk of Dementia
By Leslie Kernisan, MD
7 Common Drugs Linked to Higher Risk of Dementia
Find out why these seven common drugs are toxic for our brains — especially as we get older.
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Rebounding From My Husband’s Financial Infidelity
By Valerie Rind
Rebounding From My Husband’s Financial Infidelity
When you hear the word “infidelity,” you probably think of sexual transgressions. If discovered, the affair may be fatal to the primary relationship. But another type of infidelity — financial infidelity — can be equally destructive. I speak from personal experience. In financial infidelity, one partner in a committed relationship (where both should be transparent…
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The Nutrient Deficiency You Probably Have
By Shilpa Ravella, MD
The Nutrient Deficiency You Probably Have
If you could make only one change to your diet, what would it be? The options are endless. You can cut out specific foods like meat, grains or gluten. You can play with ratios of fat, carbohydrates and protein. You can eat only fruit or go on a juice cleanse.…
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The Famous Museum That’s Redefining Aging
By Linda Bernstein
The Famous Museum That’s Redefining Aging
It’s “Prime Time” for older adults who visit the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. Famous for its prestigious collection, which includes the painting of melting watches by Salvador Dali, a self-portrait by Frida Kahlo and sculptures by Pierre Huyghe, the museum has launched an extensive program that encourages people age 65 and…
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Writer Jonathan Kozol on Losing His Dad To Dementia
By Judith Graham
Writer Jonathan Kozol on Losing His Dad To Dementia
“Take me home.” How many caregivers have heard this plaintive refrain from an elderly parent in a nursing home who feels displaced and longs to leave? Jonathan Kozol, a National Book Award-winning author who writes about injustice and education, took it seriously when his father began voicing this plea repeatedly. Harry Kozol had been a …
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