We know we will die someday, so we must accept and plan for it
By Irene Kacandes for Next Avenue
(This article was written as a part of The Op-Ed Project.)
While we may fear meeting death alone, most of us are actually more afraid of dying surrounded by the wrong kind of people — that is, by health care workers.
Yet that is all too likely to be
Tips for making your time there as painless as possible
Any hospital stay can be a revelation. When it’s totally unexpected, the experience can be even more fraught with surprises. I speak from personal experience and have some advice based on it.
Last year, I had pain severe enough to require a middle-of-the-night
New possibilities for older adults produce dividends for all
By Paul H. Irving for Next Avenue
Editor’s note: This article is part of Next Avenue’s 2015 Influencers in Aging project honoring 50 people changing how we age and think about aging. Paul H. Irving was a member of the 2015 Influencers In Aging Advisory Panel.
Follow these rules now to prevent a family war later
By Patrick O’Brien for Next Avenue
It is your worst nightmare. You’ve passed away, and now your adult children no longer speak to each other. Circumstances around your death have destroyed the family you spent your life building. As the CEO and co-founder of
Cautionary words from a Next Avenue Influencer In Aging
By Sudipto Banerjee for Next Avenue
(Editor’s Note: This article is part of Next Avenue’s 2015 Influencers in Aging project honoring 50 people changing how we age and think about aging.)
There are many uncertainties in retirement. For example, we don’t know how long we are going
Allergic reactions can strike adults, and here’s what you can do
By Emily Gurnon for Next Avenue
When my daughter was two, I took her and her older brother blueberry picking near our hometown of Arcata, Calif. The farm owners weren’t too concerned about children “sampling” the goods. So my kids scarfed plenty of fruit before we got