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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A new book explains why so many grieving people also experience anxiety
Is ending a relationship with your brother or sister ever the right thing to do?
It hurts to be estranged from our kids. But the problem could just be misperception.
Karen Grassle, ‘Ma’ from TV's 'Little House on the Prairie,' reflects on growing older
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The words you choose can ease the pain or they can make matters worse
Hint: 'How can you live like this?' isn’t a good conversation starter
The reality of the 20-year itch and how couples can face the challenge
Family feuds are heartbreaking — don't let pride fuel the problem
This writer is discovering the realities of more 'couple time'
Alternatives to 'How can I help?' from an author of 'Suddenly Single After 50'
Start slowly, create categories and seek help if you need it
Guidance on making the decision due to the coronavirus pandemic
A series on America's first generation aging with HIV/AIDS