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Taking Classes With Your Grandchild at Grandparents University

“How many of you children know everything?” asks Scott Olson, president of Winona State University in Winona, Minn. Then, he asks, “How many think your grandparents know everything?” He’s addressing the opening ceremony of grandparents and grandchildren for the start of the school’s annual Grandparents University summer program. Oh, and the children think they know…

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This Activities Program Engages and Calms People With Dementia

For people with dementia, having nothing to do can contribute to agitation, frustration and a feeling of loss of control and well-being. It is a situation family caregivers often encounter. Laura Gitlin, distinguished professor and dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel University in Philadelphia, has spent more than three decades…

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Are You Ready for Daily Life With a Newly Retired Spouse?

Four years ago, I was excited about my husband’s imminent retirement. I envisioned him cleaning the basement, repainting the house and cooking dinner while I was at work. Now he’s retired, and I realize the odds are better that the whistling forest animals from Snow White  will drop by to maintain our home. There was no…

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