It’s something we all need, and for the most part, something we all enjoy: food. But while we all enjoy consuming it on a daily basis, it takes a special kind of person to enjoy preparing it for others. At Parsons Presbyterian Manor, one of
By Wayne Mason, Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice chaplain
I am turning 62 this month, and I am sure I will hear a few “Happy Birthday to You” musical greetings. To me, it will probably be another day of “do this and do that.” I got
Things are not always black and white during a health crisis
(This article was provided by The Op-Ed Project, with which the writer is a fellow.)
Sheila was very clear about her wishes for the end of life. She was 88 years old and a former hospice volunteer. When her time came, she wanted no ventilator, no feeding
As an older adult, you have skills that can help — and your brain will thank you
By Bill Ward for Next Avenue
Conventional wisdom holds that the older we get, the harder it is to learn a new language. Which is true — except when it’s not.
Turns out that while our brains might not be as quick or deft as in those halcyon days of youth, all that hard-earned
My phone calls to him used to be obligatory, but loss has a way of changing things
By Jill Smolowe for Next Avenue
When I was a college undergraduate, I used to call my parents every Thursday night. The calls were mandatory, the price of college tuition, so to speak. Invariably, my mother would answer, then yell, “Dick! Pick up! It’s Jill.”
Nothing of substance
They may be afraid to tell you they are having trouble
By Joanna Nesbit for Next Avenue
While their 84-year-old father recovered at a rehabilitation facility after landing in the hospital with symptoms of a mini-stroke, the Jones (not their real name) siblings took the opportunity to do some cleaning at his house.
Opening the fridge, they
The common culprits, plus treatments to consider
By Emily Gurnon for Next Avenue
Whether it came on suddenly when you were playing tennis or more gradually over many years, knee pain can keep you from doing even the most basic of activities. At the very least, it can limit your ability to move as easily or quickly, or sit in one
The sad truth about pet surrender, plus how to keep owners and animals together
By Donna Jackel for Next Avenue
Alan Killough lost his job around the same time the family cat had kittens. Reluctantly, he and his wife, Lisa Harrison, both 56, took the litter to the nearby Downey Animal Care Center in Downey, Calif.