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:
Unintended barbs cut to the quick and can’t be taken back. Here are some better options.
It hurts to be estranged from our kids. But the problem could just be misperception.
Talking down to older adults is not only disrespectful, but it can be detrimental
These famous properties offer a glimpse into the past
An ADU might be worth considering to care for a parent nearby
Hint: 'How can you live like this?' isn’t a good conversation starter
Is ending a relationship with your brother or sister ever the right thing to do?
Family feuds are heartbreaking — don't let pride fuel the problem
Follow these tips and you’ll avoid turning your farewell into a faux pas
These small, sentimental items will be treasured gifts, not a burden
12 pictures that will make you think differently about getting older
How to offer support and connection in times of struggle
Frontotemporal dementia, or FTD, can be particularly hard on loved ones
The words you choose can ease the pain or they can make matters worse
How the popular birds can offer mental health benefits to older adults
As families gather for the holidays, here are some touching words on the subject
6 tips for negotiating the shark-infested waters of remarriage after 50
Karen Grassle, ‘Ma’ from TV's 'Little House on the Prairie,' reflects on growing older
Follow our in-depth examination of current health care offerings through an age-friendly lens. What does age-friendly health care look like, and how do you locate and access it? We cover how to prioritize your unique needs when selecting providers and treatments for yourself or a loved one.