Monthly Archives: September 2015

A love of music

shutterstock_246089695 Editors’ Note: In a recent issue of Community Matters, we asked readers to share their stories and memories about music: how it has been important to you, or how music has made a difference in your life. Art Thomas, a resident at Lawrence READ MORE

Best steps to plan for health costs in retirement

This expert says pre-retirees need to rethink the way they save and invest

By Peter Stahl for Next Avenue


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There is great concern among pre-retirees regarding the scope and cost of their health care during their retirement years. Anxiety leads to action, so as we consider the convergence of health care and financial planning, READ MORE

7 things you should be doing for your bones now

Half of us over 50 will have weak bones by 2020 unless we make changes

By Rhoda Fukushima for Next Avenue


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When registered dietitian Toby Smithson gave presentations on bone health, she’d bring three bags of flour, each with a different amount. One bag represented osteoporosis. Another bag represented osteopenia, or bone whose density is lower than normal READ MORE

Cards that offer better words for serious illness

Their cancer-survivor maker knows the pain of kind but hurtful sentiments

By Emily Gurnon for Next Avenue


If you have ever had cancer or another serious illness, you can probably make a long list of unhelpful things that friends, family and well-meaning acquaintances have said to you.

“Everything happens for a reason.”

“I read about this miraculous READ MORE

How to create meaning in dementia care

Everyone deserves to feel needed and have a sense of purpose

By Mike Good for Next Avenue

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One of the most important things to a caregiver of someone with Alzheimer’s is to know their loved one is happy. However, they are often so overwhelmed by the responsibility of caregiving, that the fun of being together is lost.

All engagement tends READ MORE

Why Boomers need to get tested for Hepatitis C

People over 50 make up the majority of those with the deadly disease

By Emily Gurnon for Next Avenue


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Most of the people who get hepatitis C today are intravenous drug users who share needles. That may be the image that comes to mind when you think of the disease.

But decades ago, before widespread screening of the blood supply began in 1992, individuals READ MORE

Why even adults need heroes

Superman and young athletes don’t do it for us anymore

By Richard Chin for Next Avenue

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It was easy to have a hero when I was young.

Heroes could be anyone older, wiser and more accomplished, and when you’re a kid, that could be pretty much anyone.

Growing up in the 1960s, if you asked me to name those I most admired, READ MORE