5 Ways to Make Sure Your Parents Are Safe In Bad Weather

Photo of flooded neighborhood

You can’t control Mother Nature, but certain precautions are important. [Photo credit: Thinkstock]

By Jasmine Dyoco for Next Avenue

Lately, it seems our headlines have been filled with stories about Mother Nature wreaking havoc on our surroundings. From horrible flooding to fast-spreading wildfires to monster hurricanes, weather and the damage READ MORE

3 Recipes to Capture the Flavors of Fall

Here are 3 recipes that wrap fall’s flavors in wonderfully-scented, warming-to-the-soul baked treats. (Photo courtesy of CulinaryHill.com)

These easy, tasty recipes will warm your body and soul

By Meggan Hill for Next Avenue

Just as autumn has a traditional color palette, classic tastes are also associated with the season: rich pumpkin, tart cranberry, comforting apple and distinctive cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.

The three recipes below wrap fall’s flavors in wonderfully-scented, READ MORE

“Just Ask” event

Join us for a “Just Ask” Lunch & Learn event at noon on Nov. 9 to learn about alternative medical options. Please register with Executive Director Ginger Nance no later than Nov. 3 if you plan to attend, as seating is limited.

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The Top Drugs for Older Adults to Avoid

Here are 6 classes of medications you may want to avoid. (Photo credit: Getty Images)

Learn which medications are on pharmacists’ ‘black list’

By Patricia Corrigan for Next Avenue

You fill a prescription, a medication you’ve relied on before. A few days later, you experience a troubling side effect. You read online that no one your age should take this medication.

What happened?

Drug Side Effects and Older Adults

Two pharmacists say the aging process is to blame, READ MORE

11 Ways to Increase Your Energy

Vitality doesn’t come in pills. You have to change your daily habits.

By Jonny Bowden, Ph.D. for Next Avenue

In the commencement address he gave to graduates of Kenyon College in 2005, award-winning novelist David Foster Wallace talked about fish:

Two young fish are swimming along when they happen to meet an older fish swimming in the opposite direction. The READ MORE

A lifelong love of Africa

Ken Lohrentz is to the far right of the four teachers in the front row. The photo was taken on the occasion of the school dedication, Sept. 1, 1962, two weeks after Ken’s arrival as the first American teacher. Students are smartly dressed in their “double whites.”

In the 1960s, Ken Lohrentz taught English in Tanzania for two and a half years. This summer he returned to the continent to see old friends, reconnect with former students, and soak up the breathtaking beauty of the landscape, the culture, and the READ MORE

Why Some Grown Kids Cut Off Their Parents

One mother reflects on whether she’s partly to blame. (Photo credit: iStock)

Could their estrangement be caused by how we raised them?

By Elizabeth Vagnoni for Next Avenue

The truth is — I am estranged from my two adult sons.

The truth is — I love my sons and I miss them every day.

The truth is — I can’t understand how in the world this has happened.

The truth is — saying you love them and miss them is not enough. READ MORE