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For today's newsletter, we've selected recent Next Avenue articles that our readers on Facebook have found the most valuable. You'll see these offer practical, actionable advice such as resources for how people who live alone can stay connected and avoid loneliness during physical distancing. Plus, tips for using telemedicine to its full potential, and advice if your job doesn't allow you to follow stay-at-home orders. From our archives, a poignant story about how to offer comfort to someone in hospice care is seeing renewed reader attention and we're appreciative people are finding it helpful.

And, because we all need it, something uplifting — inspiring examples of how rural communities are stepping up to help their hospitals.

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect how we all work, shop and gather with those close to us, we hope these stories offer useful insights that can help you navigate life during this strange time.

Be safe,

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Colleen Wilson
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Living Alone, Physical Distancing and Loneliness
During this unique and remarkably challenging time, we are told to physically isolate while remaining deeply connected to each other. We have 7 strategies to help you cope. READ MORE
When Your Employer Insists You Go Into Work During the Pandemic
While millions of Americans are being instructed to work from home, what if your boss insists you continue coming into your workplace? Do you have any recourse? The answer is complicated. READ MORE
How to Find the Right Words for Someone in Hospice
It's difficult to find an appropriate card or know how to comfort someone you love. End-of-life experts have advice. READ MORE
You Can Still See a Doctor, Through Telemedicine
Stay-at-home orders have led many health care providers to conduct visits through telemedicine, and now many are suddenly getting a crash course in how it works. READ MORE
Rural Communities Step Up to Help Their Hospitals
Although most cases of COVID-19 have been in high-density areas until now, residents of rural communities are preparing for its arrival as best they can. READ MORE

COVID-19 in the Blue Zone: What's Helping Elders in Sardinia, Italy
Is Working From Home the Future of Work?

Funeral Planning in the Time of COVID-19

Video Chat Services, From A to Zoom

COVID-19 Shows the U.S. Needs Universal Family Care

Ways Programs for Older Adults In Need Are Adapting Due to COVID-19

Adjusting Daily Routines During the Pandemic

  • Visit for up-to-date information about the coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including new recommendations about wearing face coverings.
  • Keep your doctor's phone number handy. If you think you've been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your health care provider.
  • Taking a break from the 24-hour news cycle is a good idea. When you do seek information about the coronavirus outbreak, look to our partners in public media who, like us, exist to serve audiences and not shareholders. Look to PBS NewsHour and NPR. Incredible local coverage is also happening in communities across the country. Identify your local PBS and NPR stations and tune in.

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