Monthly Archives: March 2016

Why food labels are so misleading


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Even when accurate, they may not reflect good choices

By Rashelle Brown for Next Avenue

If you care about your health and pay attention to nutrition, then you probably read the labels on the back of the packaged food products you buy. Would it surprise you to learn that in doing so, you might actually be making yourself less READ MORE

The surprising secret to aging well


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A Next Avenue Influencer in Aging says it’s all about the bones

By Barbara Knickerbocker Beskind 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. 

As an occupational therapist and someone in my early 90s, here’s what I recommend to age READ MORE

The many benefits of making music at any age

New Horizons bands bring arts to people 50+, one instrument at a time

By Linda Bernstein for Next Avenue


I was scrolling through Facebook the other day when I happened upon a bunch of photos of a friend of mine at . . . band camp?

Wait. Isn’t band camp something that high school kids do? What’s a respectable 50-plusser doing out in the woods with READ MORE

The 10 best pet companions to have at your side

These dog and cat companions provide multiple benefits.

By Debbie Swanson for Next Avenue


A Boston terrier is a good choice for older adults.

Maybe your father needs to keep up with his exercise, but without anyone at home to nudge him outdoors, he tends to put it off. Maybe your mother needs something to focus her attention on instead of her health worries. The right animal companion is READ MORE

The impact of older voters in the 2016 Election


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Assessing the New Hampshire and Iowa results and looking ahead

By Bob Blancato for Next Avenue

New Hampshire voters have spoken. They selected the oldest candidates in the race from each party: Sen. Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. What does that say about the impact that the older voter might have in the November election?

It is too soon to READ MORE

Remembering Harper Lee, author of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’


Credit: 205 Mary Murphy & Company LLC Caption: Harper Lee (center) with filmmaker Mary McDonagh Murphy (left) and Lee’s friend Joy Brown (right), June 30, 2015, Monroeville, AL

A PBS doc described her impact and the stir ‘Go Set a Watchman’ made

By Heidi Raschke for Next Avenue

Novelist Harper Lee has died at age 89. The author of To Kill a Mockingbird died peacefully in her sleep at an assisted living facility in Monroeville, Ala., on Friday, February 19, 2016, READ MORE

How library classes in the arts are changing aging


Woman dancing in tango class at Brooklyn Public Library in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Lifetime Arts teaches older adults to dance, write and perform

By Linda Bernstein for Next Avenue

Six words sum it up: The arts are good for you.

Inspired by the research of the late Dr. Gene D. Cohen demonstrating the positive impact READ MORE

3 ways to give to charity before writing a will

Charity-webShow your support while receiving unexpected benefits

By Ric Edelman for Next Avenue

Many Americans leave money to charities in their wills — but you needn’t wait to die before giving aid to a charity.

Today’s tax laws offer you many ways to support charities while giving you benefits you might not have expected — such as tax READ MORE