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The Nightmare: When a Parent With Alzheimer’s Wanders

For the past six weeks, Los Angeles area residents have been riveted by a story about a 55-year-old woman with early onset Alzheimer’s who wandered away from her family after a trip to the Los Angeles County Museum of Arts. As the Los Angeles Times reported, Nancy Paulikas went to the restroom and vanished. Surveillance…

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Jobless After 50? Start a Resilience Circle

(In 2015, Elizabeth White wrote the personal article for Next Avenue, “Unemployed, 55 and Faking Normal.” She has now expanded it into a practical book for older jobless Americans, with 100 online resources and true-life stories: Fifty-Five, Unemployed and Faking Normal: Your Guide to a Better Life. The following is an excerpt from it. You…

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If Your Parent Has a Guardian, Be On Guard

On Wednesday, a federal agency released a report that concluded what surely everyone involved in the guardianship arena already knows: There is too much that we don’t know about the scope of guardian abuse of older adults. “The extent of elder abuse by guardians nationally is unknown due to limited data on key factors related…

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How to Make the Most of Your Holidays

From gifts that are truly meaningful to tips on navigating tricky family situations, we’ve got advice and inspiration from the Next Avenue stories below to help you have truly happy holidays: Traditions and Family 30 Beautiful and Heartwarming Quotes About Family  As families gather for the holidays, here are some touching words on the subject.…

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Why It’s Time for Emergency Fund 401(k)s

A lot has been written about America’s retirement crisis (some of it by Next Avenue). But I don’t think there’s been enough attention given to America’s emergency fund crisis. And I think it’s about time employers step up to help with this problem by offering the equivalent of an emergency fund 401(k), maybe with some…

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How to Thrive in Today’s Fast-Changing World

Those of us in middle age have felt the pace of our lives speed up as we’ve gotten older. But it wasn’t until I recently recorded my mother during her 94th birthday celebration that I appreciated just how concentrated the pace of change has been for someone in her 10th decade. “Everything changed so fast. But…

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Creating A Safety Net for Isolated Older Adults

(This article appeared previously on Kaiser Health News.) Phyllis Krantzman knows what she should do. But like many of her peers, the 71-year-old doesn’t know how to approach a casual acquaintance to ask who will take care of her when she needs it most. Krantzman, of Austin, is among a growing number of seniors who…

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Refugee Elders Support Each Other After a Difficult Journey

By Hitomi Yoshida, Writer for the Diverse Elders Coalition Naw Gay Lay is a 77-year-old Karen refugee from Myanmar (Burma). The Karen people are an ethnic and religious minority group that has been persecuted throughout much of Burma’s history. As a young woman, Naw Gay Lay worked in a rice field and began raising her…

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Ex ‘Health-Food Hustler’ Exposes Dark Side of Industry

It seems like hardly a week goes by without a book landing in my mailbox on the latest weight-loss advice, the newest and (supposedly) best diet, the supplements you need to take, the uber-cleanse guaranteed to detoxify you or the recipes that will change your life. But I’m skeptical. So when I received Jeff Scot…

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