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Here in Minnesota where Next Avenue is based, our governor has extended our stay at home order. You may be facing the same reality wherever you might be. We selected today's stories to be a mix of practical advice for managing the near future such as finding calm in the pandemic and creative ideas for keeping fit at home and stories of resilience such as this powerful personal story of losing a child. And because not even a pandemic can stop the weather, we offer smart tips for preparing for the time of year when weather can be extreme.

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Finding Calm in the Pandemic Storm
Psychotherapist Reji Mathew provides helpful advice for taking stock of our feelings and finding ways to cope during this crisis. READ MORE
Individual Heroism Propels LGBTQ Elders in COVID-19
At SAGE, the country's largest and oldest organization for improving the lives of LGBTQ older people, they are seeing extraordinary resiliency and determination in communities across the country. READ MORE
No Gym? No Worries — How to Stay Fit at Home
You don't need a gym, expensive equipment, special clothing or a large space to engage in regular exercise — an important way to keep your body and mind healthy. READ MORE
How to Prepare Loved Ones for Severe Weather and Emergencies
This week is Severe Weather Awareness Week, and it's important to make sure you and your loved ones are prepared for any type of emergency. READ MORE
After the Loss of a Child: We Are Now Extra Ordinary Parents
When you lose a child, the ordinary experience of life becomes something entirely different. One father reflects on what it means to be a parent after the death of his son. READ MORE
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