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How To Beat the Winter Blues

Credit: Thinkstock The official beginning of winter that arrived on Sunday, Dec. 21, marked the darkest day of the year. Around this time, some of us feel a familiar pall as the gloom outside seems to creep into our psyches. Symptoms of depression that occur during the late fall and winter are known as seasonal …

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A Dangerous Health Problem No One Talks About

Credit: Getty Images 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 …

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Getting to Know Our New Residents

John and Kathleen Rorris moved to Aberdeen Heights last August. Interestingly, John had joined the choir last spring before they actually became residents. John was brought up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated from Ohio State University with a major in Political Science. Having been in the ROTC, he joined the Army after graduation as a …

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Take the Time to Better Care for Yourself

Credit: Adobe Stock Becoming a smarter, stronger, more self-caring version of yourself is both freeing and empowering. I recently discussed the concept of self-care and the ways to set yourself up for — and avoid sabotaging — the way you take emotional and physical care of yourself. After you agree that you are worthy of self-care and will …

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7 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Mental Health

Credit: Getty Eating less and exercising more are likely on many a to-do list for 2017. But in between meals and after working out, we all can identify ways to improve our mental health as well. Below are seven new year’s resolutions I’ve devised to help me take better care of myself in 2017. What …

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The Long-Term Care Benefit Many Veterans Are Missing Out On

Credit: Adobe Stock When my mom’s dementia no longer made it possible for her to live alone, I began searching for an assisted living community. After I started working with an adviser from A Place for Mom — the senior-living referral service where I’m now a spokeswoman — I learned that my mother was eligible …

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How to Make the Most of Your Holidays

Credit: Getty Images 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 Four Jews and a Christmas Tree I grew up in a Jewish household where Christmas dawned each year with …

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Medicare, Medicaid and Long-Term Care: Your Questions Answered

Credit: Adobe Stock Next Avenue recently asked readers to send us their questions about Medicare, Medicaid and long-term care coverage. The most popular ones: What is offered by Medicare and Medicaid for long-term care? If my assets are too high, should I forget about Medicaid? Why does Medicare coverage only pay for skilled care? Today, …

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7 Ways to Eliminate Stereotypes About Aging

Credit: Adobe Stock (Next Avenue invited our 2017 Influencers in Aging to blog about the one thing they would like to change about aging in America. One of the posts is below; we will be publishing others regularly.) When Next Avenue named its 2017 Influencers in Aging, a group I’m proud to be in, the …

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The Special Bond of Older Dogs and Older Owners

Credit: Adobe Stock When Barbara Castleman and her husband visited an animal shelter in Albuquerque, N.M., several years ago, they were surprised to find a purebred toy Australian shepherd available for adoption. While it would have cost them thousands of dollars to purchase such a dog from a breeder, 10-year-old Stella’s pet adoption fee was …

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