A family could mean traditional roles and relationships to some, but in many ways, love defines a family. Strong family relationships multiply the joy and love in our life, but they can also be complicated, especially in the cases of estrangement. These articles tell the stories of navigating the sometimes unexpected changes in family relationships, tell stories of mending broken ties and managing dysfunctional family situations, and give insight into sustaining a happy home.
As more older-adults choose to age in place instead of moving in with children or choosing assisted care, the options for long-term living arrangements have expanded. Better healthcare, increased longevity, and new aging in place resources are making it possible to live independently while staying connected to family, or living apart together or moving in with a new partner though remaining unmarried.
In addition to Families and Relationships, Living and Learning also discusses:
The author of 'No Thanks Mom' tells you what to do with them
Unintended barbs cut to the quick and can’t be taken back. Here are some better options.
These small, sentimental items will be treasured gifts, not a burden
Frontotemporal dementia, or FTD, can be particularly hard on loved ones
It hurts to be estranged from our kids. But the problem could just be misperception.
The 5 reasons for ‘gray divorce’ and what to do before it's too late
Hint: 'How can you live like this?' isn’t a good conversation starter
Talking down to older adults is not only disrespectful, but it can be detrimental
A heartfelt wish list from a dementia care worker
As families gather for the holidays, here are some touching words on the subject
The author of 'The Stories We Leave Behind' suggests a legacy-based approach
An ADU might be worth considering to care for a parent nearby
Follow these tips and you’ll avoid turning your farewell into a faux pas
Family feuds are heartbreaking — don't let pride fuel the problem
How to offer support and connection in times of struggle
Every soldier had his own soundtrack to the war, but these stand out
These famous properties offer a glimpse into the past
Work & Purpose
Plus: reflecting on my times being mentored and mentoring others
This special report will include storytelling, news and information about how to plan for the end of your life in a way that meets your own goals and preferences.