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In 2014, we published an essay from Judy Nelson about the enduring bond to her 20-year-old son who died unexpectedly in 1989. What happened as a result of the article changed Judy’s life forever and continues to affect how she remembers her son. Today, we share her surprising and heartwarming update.

We also assess the risk of home health care during the pandemic, share how a team of computer programmers — all over the age of 50 — is providing critical help to the government’s COVID-19 response and, ahead of tomorrow’s jobs report, offer actionable strategies for anyone looking for work during this unprecedented time.

Thank you for reading.

Be safe,

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Colleen Wilson
Next Avenue

P.S. Please join us next week for a webinar about how older adults can improve their immune health, presented by the American Federation for Aging Research. More info below.

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The coronavirus pandemic is creating unique challenged unlike any we’ve ever seen, especially around job hunting. We have five strategies to help you land a new position. READ MORE
Does Your Home Health Worker Present a Coronavirus Threat?

We all know the safest place to be for many right now is in our own homes. But what if you or a loved one needs assistance? Read what precautions to take in order to avoid contracting the coronavirus from the person who is there to help.  READ MORE
Older Coders Answer the Call to Help

A legion of software developers and tech talent over the age of 50 have come back to the digital trenches to work on older government computer systems overloaded by the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus.  READ MORE
Clever Ways Senior Housing Has Kept Residents Engaged During the Pandemic

Senior living communities have been developing creative ways to recalibrate for the pandemic to excite, entertain and energize residents, and they may go on beyond COVID-19. READ MORE
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Why Are Adults 55+ Especially Vulnerable to COVID-19?

American Federation for Aging Research is hosting a free webinar 11am – 12pm ET / 8am – 9am PT Tuesday, May 12 to review how immune health makes older adults more vulnerable to COVID-19 and other pathogens, and offer evidence-backed suggestions for what you can do to promote healthy aging and boost your immune health.

The webinar is designed for the general public and will be led by renowned doctors and researchers. They’ll answer questions like:

  • What is it about immune aging that makes older adults more vulnerable to COVID-19?
  • How does aging impact the severity of viruses?
  • How can exercise, nutrition and other lifestyle factors improve your immune health?
  • Are there treatments that can bolster one’s immune defenses against COVID-19?
A Q&A will follow where attendees can ask their own questions. More information is hereTo participate RSVP to
Next Avenue continues to report on what’s important to our readers during the coronavirus pandemic. Please visit our special report for all of our articles that address your questions and concerns.


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