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One Surprising Way Older Adults Can Get Healthier

Credit: Adobe Stock Whether or not we actually do the right things to improve our health, many of us probably assume we know what they are. Walk more. Quit smoking. Eat healthier. It’s a familiar list, and a good one. As a primary care doctor, I spend plenty of time counseling people to do exactly …

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5 Lessons From the Oldest Old

Credit: Erica Berger John Leland, author New York Times reporter John Leland thought he knew how to write about the “oldest old” — people 85 and up. For a proposed year-long series, he figured he would chronicle a laundry list of their issues: things like the dangers of falling, financial pressures and family conflict. As …

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Are You Doing Doctor Appointments Right?

Credit: Adobe Stock Navigating the medical system can be a daunting process. It’s challenging enough to find any doctor with openings, let alone a good doctor. And the internet isn’t always much help. What is helpful, however, is this in-depth guide to having a good doctor’s appointment written for The New York Times by Dr. …

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Tell Your Doctor What’s on Your Bucket List

Credit: Adobe Stock Your doctor can’t read your mind. A doctor assumes everyone wants to live and continue to live the best, healthiest, happiest life possible — but that means something different for everyone. If your doctor knows about your long-term goals and “bucket list” items, however, that can be used to direct your health …

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5 Life Lessons From Stephen Hawking

Credit: hawking.org.uk As the passing of renowned physicist and public intellectual Stephen Hawking is met with grief and remembrance the world over, Next Avenue wanted to honor the man who educated the world on a host of issues by sharing five important lessons we learned from him: 1. Trust in science, but remember that we …

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7 Reasons Why You Should Travel

Credit: Adobe Stock Some people are just lucky — they’re born with it. I’m not talking about good looks or money. I’m talking about wanderlust …. that something inside of you that just makes you want to go places, explore and of course, wander. My own wanderlust was cultivated at a young age. Although my …

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Cashing In On Your Life Experience

Caption: Monica Parikh Forget traditional jobs where you earn a living working 9 to 5 at a desk or an assembly plant. You can tap into your own experiences, at your own schedule, and share your wisdom for a price. Here are three entrepreneurs who have done just that and are enjoying the ride: Nina …

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Food for Thought

What’s the favorite topic of conversation in Aberdeen? Food, of course – – that part of life involving both necessity and pleasure — where everyone has an opinion and suggestion as to how to “do things better.” Behind that kitchen door stands Chef Erik and his well-organized troop of cooks and bottle-washers. Besides the task …

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The Power of Sharing Our Stories

Credit: Adobe Stock My friend runs an assisted living residence not far from where I live. When she called to say she had a mitzvah (a good deed) for me that was “right up my alley,” I was wary, to put it mildly. She explained that she was running an event where the residents would …

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Two Love Stories Become One

Dot Ebeling and Bob Sextro have an unusual love story to tell. Dot’s family moved to Kirkwood from south St. Louis. A new high school was opened at St. Peter’s Parish named Eugene Coyle. Dot enrolled as a freshman in 1940. Bob Sextro lived in Rock Hill, and he enrolled in the same class as …

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