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4 Ways to See China as a Tourist

China has opened up for travelers in the past two years, with airlines adding more nonstop flights from multiple cities and a change in visa rules making it easier to visit frequently. While it’s easier than ever to get — and return — to China, this huge country can be an exotic, overwhelming destination. Where do …

Fall Movies for Grown-ups: 2015 Edition

Sure, there’s something everyone can enjoy at the multiplex in the summer, but fall is when movie studios always seem to remember that not every movie needs a superhero in it. With year-end awards — and adult moviegoers — up for grabs, autumn is when studios roll out the kind of thoughtful fare that might not be …

The Importance of Listening to the Person With Dementia

(Editor’s Note: This is the eighth in a series examining and interpreting a commonly used “bill of rights” for dementia patients.)  People with Alzheimer’s or other dementia are an invaluable part of our society. Millions of them are brilliant, wise and actively advocating for their rights and needs. As my friend with Alzheimer’s, David Kramer said, “It’s not …

The Obamacare Surprise About Retirement

A funny thing happened after Obamacare took effect: It didn’t do what many retirement, work and health care analysts had expected — lead more older workers to take early retirement or switch from full-time to part-time jobs. The conventional wisdom was that since anyone would now be able to buy health insurance, regardless of pre-existing …

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Inheriting a House

(This article previously appeared on HSH.com.) Inheriting a house may seem like winning the lottery, but you need to be prepared to make a number of tough financial and emotional decisions. Here are five important things you probably didn’t know about inheriting a home: No. 1: Existing debt and bills will ultimately trump sentimentality. Even …

How Coordinated Long-Term Care Lets Patients Stay at Home

(This article appeared previously on PBS NewsHour.) Editor’s note: As America’s population ages, more families will be faced with rising health care needs. As PBS NewsHour reported in November, nearly 79 percent of adults who need long-term care live at home or in community settings, not in an institution. And in January, Medicare started paying …

Why You May Want to Declutter Your Life

No matter how long we’ve been out of school, autumn always feels like a new beginning, the perfect time to shed those behaviors, habits and attitudes we no longer need or want. This kind of decluttering takes many forms. A successful Realtor in her mid-60s remarked at a recent gathering that once the sale she …

The Challenges of Dating as a Single Midlife Mom

In wrestling, competitors are required to earn an escape point each match — they have to prove they can extricate themselves from tough holds. In her new book Escape Points, author and Northwestern University journalism professor Michele Weldon explores all the nuances and metaphors of that phrase. She flees an abusive relationship only to have …

Behind Wayne Dyer’s Extraordinary Career

(To remember the late Wayne Dyer, who died August 29, Next Avenue is republishing our 2014 interview with him.) Fans of Wayne Dyer will be thrilled to know that the spiritual and motivational leader is back with another inspirational PBS program, debuting in early March (check local listings). I recently spoke with him about it. …

6 Offbeat Ways to Cut College Costs

Whether you’ve just dropped your freshman off at college or are wondering how you’ll pay your teen’s looming tuition bills, you’re likely dealing with sticker shock. According to the College Board, the average cost of tuition, room and board at American private colleges now tops $42,000; the tab at some schools is nearly $60,000. At …

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