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:
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It hurts to be estranged from our kids. But the problem could just be misperception.
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Talking down to older adults is not only disrespectful, but it can be detrimental
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The 5 reasons for ‘gray divorce’ and what to do before it's too late
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The author of 'The Stories We Leave Behind' suggests a legacy-based approach
Family feuds are heartbreaking — don't let pride fuel the problem
As families gather for the holidays, here are some touching words on the subject
Follow these tips and you’ll avoid turning your farewell into a faux pas
How to offer support and connection in times of struggle
Is ending a relationship with your brother or sister ever the right thing to do?
Every soldier had his own soundtrack to the war, but these stand out
12 pictures that will make you think differently about getting older
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