10 Things to Locate Before Your Parent Has a Health Crisis

As long as aging parents are handling their own finances and managing day-to-day living at home, adult children don’t think much about needing to know the location of their parents’ important documents. However, a parent’s unexpected health event could precipitate an immediate need to get your hands on key information and secure valuables. Following her…

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Originally posted 2017-07-14 11:40:48.

Vote: What Should We Answer About Caregiving and Family Conflicts?

A few weeks ago, we asked for your questions about caregiving and getting along with family. You responded with a variety of concerns. Although we would like to explore all of them, we are bringing only three up for a vote. Please take a moment and vote for the one you most want to see…

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Originally posted 2017-07-12 18:45:29.

Ways to Provide for Your Disabled Adult Child’s Future

All parents worry about what will happen to their children after they die. Parents of adult children with a chronic disability have an additional concern: whether the child will have financial security. The good news is that an option does exist to help provide some security for your adult disabled child, and you don’t have to…

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Originally posted 2017-07-12 08:46:22.

The Link Between Geography and Life Expectancy

(This article was provided through The OpEd Project, whose mission is to increase the range of voices and quality of ideas we hear in the world.) A recent study of death records across the U.S. by researchers at the University of Washington and the Department of Public Health in the Netherlands found a 20 year…

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Originally posted 2017-07-11 08:37:51.

Caffeinated or Not, Coffee May Help You Live Longer

Two new large studies suggest it might have been coffee that bubbled from the fountain of youth. Both studies, one conducted in the United States, one across 10 European countries, found that people who drank even a single cup of coffee a day — decaf and/or caffeinated — lived longer than people who didn’t drink…

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Originally posted 2017-07-11 08:37:21.

Heat Stroke Is Especially Dangerous, Even Deadly, in Older Adults

Many people embrace the extra hours of sunshine summer months offer, but the heat that comes with them can threaten your health. People age 65 and older are especially susceptible to heat stroke. In fact, 40 percent of heat-related deaths occurred in people 65 and older between 1999 and 2003, according to the Centers for Disease Control.…

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Originally posted 2017-07-10 08:27:55.

6 Reasons You’re Still Having Trouble Losing Weight

Since your fiftysomething body needs fewer calories than it did when you were cruising through your 20s, 30s, and 40s, chances are you’ve made some diet and exercise changes to counteract this metabolic slowdown. Yet, sometimes the pounds keep creeping on. What gives? Recent findings shed light on six lesser known lifestyle and environmental factors…

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Originally posted 2017-07-07 08:22:39.

Older Adults Will Suffer Under Proposed Senate Health Bill

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest essay and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Next Avenue. Dedication: Since this article will discuss a form of economic inequality, I want to dedicate it to a dear friend, Alfred Rotondaro. Fred, in his capacity with the Center for American Progress and Catholics in Alliance for the…

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Originally posted 2017-07-07 08:22:29.

Should You Talk with Your Aging Parent About Medical Marijuana?

For her 65th birthday in December 2016, Linda Greenblatt of Las Vegas got an unusual present. Her daughter-in-law, 36-year-old Sheryl Greenblatt, bought her a $200 medical marijuana card. “I had been on her about living a healthier lifestyle and telling her she didn’t need all the dangerous medications she was on,” Sheryl Greenblatt said. “So,…

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Originally posted 2017-07-06 08:07:22.