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What to Say and Do When Tragedy Strikes a Loved One

Bad things happen. As we get older, we all become better acquainted with loss and sickness and grief. And we all find ourselves in the position of wanting to support friends and family who are going through terrible experiences. But what to say? How do we reach out in sensitive, appropriate ways? Too often, we…

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Confessions of a Midlife Couch Surfer

I am a 56-year-old communications professional with a law degree who has worked all of her adult life. And yet, this past year I have been without a stable address, living between Michigan and Virginia, relying for the first time in my life on friends and family for basic shelter. My name is Desiree Cooper,…

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Building an Anti-Ageism Movement: The Time Is Now

(Next Avenue invited all our 2016 Influencers in Aging to submit essays about the one thing they would like to change about aging in America. This is one of the essays, and it was taken from  a recent post on 2016 Influencer of the Year Ashton Applewhite’s popular blog, This Chair Rocks.) I wake these days feeling that…

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When Will You Be Ready to Call It Quits?

Mike and Sherry Stahl, of Boise, each came home one day about a year ago with life-changing news from their employers: Both had been offered golden handshakes that would provide them with financial incentives to retire. “It’s not as coincidental as it sounds,” Sherry told me. “We both worked for the same high-tech company. Just…

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Why Women Need to Do Things Their Way at Work

Among women who’ve succeeded in business, Sallie Krawcheck is an uber-player. She was the CEO of Smith Barney and Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and CFO of Citigroup. She’s currently the co-founder and CEO of Ellevest, a digital investment platform for women and chair of Ellevate Network, a professional women’s network. So, to paraphrase the old…

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The Secret of Aging and How to Slow It Down

What makes some people age more quickly than others? What exactly is aging? And can we do anything about the speed at which we grow old? Authors Elizabeth Blackburn, a molecular biologist, and Elissa Epel, a health psychologist, offer answers in a fascinating new book, The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer.…

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The Right and Wrong Way to Earn More on Your Savings

For many years, I’ve been advising people about the safest places to park their money and have written extensively on the topic. This is not to say the message always gets through, as was revealed to me recently in a story involving my nearly 90-year-old dad. I think you or your parent could learn some…

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Making a Memoir a Reality

When my mother was a teenager, she got to meet the most famous athlete of the 20th century. It was 1947. Babe Ruth, by then stricken with throat cancer, granted my mom and her sister a private audience in the beautiful Manhattan apartment he shared with his wife, Claire. The girls, accompanied by their mother,…

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Why 2017 Is a Great Time to Start a Second Act

Sally Galloway, 52, is an administrative assistant at the College of Nursing of the University of South Florida College in Tampa. A single parent, she moved to Tampa two years ago. Since then, Galloway has closely followed the local job market. “My sense is that there are now more jobs available across careers and across…

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Beyond ‘I Have a Dream:’ 9 Stirring Martin Luther King Quotes

Today, we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in honor of the man who led nonviolent protests during the Civil Rights Movement. If you grew up during the 1960s, you likely have vivid memories of King’s transformative work. Or perhaps you’ve seen modern portrayals of King, such as in the film Selma, about the 1965 march from Selma…

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