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The Good Life
October 14, 2020
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An intergenerational, multiracial friendship formed during COVID-19

The story of one 65-year-old and his new Gen Z friend.
The Good Life
October 14, 2020

My Good Life: Live like you're dying (because you are)

In this book excerpt, a comedy writer and producer contemplates the empty nest.
The Good Life
October 14, 2020

How older workers can prepare for job loss

There are no easy answers when it comes to the job market, especially during a pandemic.
The Good Life
October 3, 2020
Marjorie Johnson, Minnesota’s famed “Blue Ribbon Baker,” never baked for fun. She baked to win.

At 101, Minnesota's 'Blue Ribbon Baker' has recipe for 'beautiful life'

With the State Fair canceled, Marjorie Johnson "took a vacation" from baking: reading, chatting on the phone, updating Facebook and taking daily walks.
Coronavirus
September 18, 2020
The Elder Friends Phone Companions program recruits volunteers to call older participants at least two times a week.

Phone calls help alleviate pandemic isolation for Minnesota's older adults

A new program builds bonds between volunteers and seniors: "We keep tabs on one another and that's good."
The Good Life
July 28, 2020
Karen Grassle is known for her portrayal of Caroline Ingalls in the TV series “Little House on the Prairie” Lisa Keating

'Little House' star takes on aging: Don't call me 'young lady'

Actress says, "I am old. I qualify. My driver's license tells me so."
The Good Life
July 23, 2020
Classical musicians (and spouses) Bill Eddins and Jennifer Gerth with one of their chickens, Faye, near the elevated chicken coop and chicken run that

Amid pandemic boredom, Minnesotans turn to DIY home projects

Whether it's raising chickens, building a "catio" or planting a pollinator garden, "there's a lot of joy in not postponing what you want to do."
The Good Life
July 23, 2020
Bob Dylan onstage during the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards held at the Hollywood Palladium in 2012. Christopher Polk • Getty Images

What Bob Dylan has to say to us now

With his 39th studio album, Dylan reveals the strength of acting your age.
The Good Life
July 22, 2020

Planning to work beyond retirement age? You may have to call an audible

One practical response for near-retirees to consider is whether to join the ranks of entrepreneurs, including self-employment.
The Good Life
July 22, 2020
A silicone gel breast implant. More breast cancer survivors are forgoing implants.

More breast cancer survivors are forgoing reconstruction to 'go flat'

A growing number of women are embracing implant-free bodies after mastectomies and lumpectomies.
Coronavirus
July 22, 2020
Don Nielsen was planning on retiring at the end of this year to spend more time with his wife, Ava, and their family. They've put on hold plans to sel

Pandemic has Minnesota baby boomers rethinking retirement

Whether out of concern about money or time, the pandemic has some adjusting their plans.
The Good Life
July 22, 2020
Nettie Thill hopes to age in place at her longtime home in Spring Lake Park, where she enjoys feeding the birds.

New Habitat for Humanity program helps Twin Cities seniors age in place

Age Well at Home initiative serves those living on fixed incomes.
The Good Life
July 22, 2020
Adobe via Next Avenue Grandparents who raise children have a responsibility that makes social distancing impossible.

During COVID-19, a Catch-22 for grandfamilies

Finances, their family's health and their own are just some of the challenges for kinship caregivers amid COVID-19.
The Good Life
July 22, 2020
Defunding the police: Could it hurt or help elder abuse efforts?

Defunding the police: Could it hurt or help elder abuse efforts?

Why the answer is complicated and somewhat surprising.
Coronavirus
May 8, 2020
CaringBridge staff in front of a wall map, lit up with places where users have made CaringBridge sites.

CaringBridge gives voice to patients, families: 'I am telling my story and I own it'

What the Minnesota-based social network CaringBridge can teach us about love, community and healing.
The Good Life
May 6, 2020
Microsoft’s Skype and Facebook’s Messenger are among the most popular apps for making video calls

Alexander: How to make video calls on a PC or a Mac

Three popular videochat options are easy to use, work on most computers.
Coronavirus
May 6, 2020
The silver lining to staying at home

The silver lining to staying at home

Thanks to proliferating (and free!) online resources, we can be busier than ever.
The Good Life
May 6, 2020
Pamela Diamond and her daughter Kathryn Rozin in the entry to Rozin’s dining room in Minneapolis. The two women and their families share a duplex; D

Three generations feel 'blessed' in one remodeled Minneapolis duplex

A mother/daughter duo and their families inhabit the same house — a 1904 duplex in Minneapolis' Lowry Hill neighborhood.
The Good Life
May 6, 2020
Learning to install tile is a popular project that's searched for on YouTube.

Twin Cities homeowners turn to YouTube videos to learn repair skills

Platform offers hundreds of thousands of how-to videos, delivering digital tutorials for projects from attic to basement.
The Good Life
May 6, 2020
Living alone, physical distancing and loneliness

Living alone, physical distancing and loneliness

If you are feeling isolated, here are seven strategies to help you cope.