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  1. Rosy’s Love Not Smoking update 2

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    Article by Rosy Holt  We met Rosy 3 weeks ago when she offered to share her ‘Love Not Smoking  Journey’ with us with the support of professor Karen Pine of Hatfield University (co-author of the book). I woke up on Friday 18th March with the distinct idea that this giving up smoking idea was not one of my better ones, well not at that precise moment anyway.  Having done the 14 days preparation following the rules in the  Love Not Smoking  book this was not the way I should be feeling even I realised that, what had gone wrong, why was I feeling so anti, why did I desperately need to find a cigarette, why did I feel so deprived, there were no real reasons that I could come up with, nothing had happened since the night before when I had been quite...
  2. Facts about ovarian cancer and women over 50

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    Article by Fabafterfifty Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cancer in women in the UK, after breast, lung bowel, and womb cancers. Most cases of ovarian cancer are diagnosed in women who have gone through menopause. This means that most cases are in women over the age of 50 but younger women do also get the disease. “New data shows that 29% of ovarian cancer cases are diagnosed at A&E which is higher than the average for other cancers, and much higher than for other women’s cancers including breast, cervical and womb cancer. That’s another sign that there’s still a huge awareness raising job to be done to make sure women know about the signs and symptomsof ovarian cancer.” To summarise, evidence shows that any of the following three symptoms, if they are new, occur on most...
  3. Rosy’s ‘Love not Smoking’ update 1 – Preparation

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    Article by Rosy Holt  We met Rosy 2 weeks ago when she offered to share her ‘Love Not Smoking  Journey’ with us with the support of professor Karen Pine of Hatfield University (co-author of the book). The first two weeks of Karen’s  Love Not Smoking programme involves preparation, and a series of exercises to try some ‘Do Something Different’ exercises to give your usual routines a bit of a shake-up, and to start breaking the habits associated with  our smoking. Here’s how Rosy got on: “ I didn’t smoke as much as I smoked the first time I gave up but it was still between 8 and 10 a day and once on the slippery path it would be so easy for the 8 to slip to 9, the 9 to 10 the...
  4. Rosy’s ‘Love not smoking’ journey begins

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    Article by Rosy Holt Rosy  Holt  has volunteered to share her journey with us as she  follows the’ Love Not Smoking’ programme as outlined in the book by Karen Pine and…….   Rosy  previously managed to give up smoking for 6 years through hypnotherapy. 4 years ago she lapsed, but is determined to stop smoking, and set it as one of her resolutions for 2011. I met up with Rosy, and Karen Pine, co-author of  Love Not Smoking: Do Something Different , Karen stressed that the programme was as much about ‘giving up’, but more about breaking habits and patterns, and replacing one thing you enjoy (smoking) with another more positive activity. Karen explained that preparation is key, and  that for the first...
  5. Love Not Smoking book review

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    Article by Fabafterfifty All smokers know that smoking is bad for your health, and most smokers by the time they reach their fifties have had more than one attempt to give up. So how is this book able to help where others fail? I met Karen Pine, Professor of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire,  one of the co-authors of Love Not Smoking, who explained that it is often the habit of smoking, and the way our mind associates smoking with something pleasurable, such as our morning tea, coffee with dinner, chatting with friends, that we have to break, rather than an addiction to nicotine itself. Karen also explained that you have to prepare to not smoke, so the first 2 weeks of her 6 week ‘Love Not Smoking’ programme still allows...
  6. What should you do if you think a Loved One has Dementia?

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    Article by Fabafterfifty With about 820,000 people in the UK suffering from dementia, it a worrying situation many families are having to come to terms with. What is dementia? Dementia is a term that is used to describe a collection of symptoms including memory loss, problems with reasoning and communication skills, and a reduction in a person’s abilities and skills in carrying out daily activities such as washing, dressing, cooking and caring for self. Memory loss – this can be one of the first symptoms that people notice. The observations people report include – noticing their loved ones forgetting things that have happened earlier in the day, getting confused about messages and who people are, getting lost whilst out and about, repeating themselves, and appearing not to be paying attention or following conversations. Problems with communication – Some people...
  7. STIs don’t care about grey hair and wrinkles

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    Article by Fabafterfifty The sexual health charity FPA has warned of rising sexually transmitted infection (STI) rates and poor sexual health in groups of men and women aged over 50. This is going unnoticed, says FPA, because despite the over 50s being sexually active and starting new sexual relationships, campaigns and services are only targeted at the young. Almost 13,000 men and women over the age of 45 were diagnosed with an STI in 2009, double the numbers in 2000. Last year more men over 45 got genital herpes than 16–19 year old men and over 5,000 men and women over 45 were diagnosed with genital warts in 2009 alone. Chlamydia diagnosis in women has also gone up 95% in nine years. And calls to the FPA helpline have shot up...
  8. Breast Cancer – 5 Point Plan to be Breast Aware

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    Every year 46,000 women in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer. That’s one person every 11 minutes. 80% of breast cancers occur in women over 50. The good news is that breast cancer survival rates are improving – probably as a result of improved treatment and earlier detection. So how do I check my breasts? There is no right or wrong way to check your breasts. Try to get used to looking and feeling your breasts regularly. Remember to check all parts of your breast, your armpits and up to your collarbone. What changes should I look and feel  for? •    Changes in size or shape •    Changes in skin texture such as puckering or dimpling •    Inverted nipple •    A lump or thickening of breast tissue •    Redness or a rash on the skin/around...
  9. Mid-life dating: sex with someone new

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    Aricle written  by Christine Webber, psychotherapist and life coach Many SWOFties are seeking new partners and reigniting their love lives. If you cast your mind back to before you lost your virginity, the chances are that you were anxious about it. Getting sexually active again, after a break, can feel equally nerve-racking. But, take heart. Basically the act hasn’t changed since you last did it! And hopefully you’ll fit well with your new lover, and you’ll have a good time. In 2010, there are so many mid-life, single women that the Department for Work and Pensions has given them their own acronym – SWOFties (single women over fifty). And lots of SWOFties are seeking new partners and reigniting their love lives. Isn’t it great that so many of us of ‘a certain...
  10. Women and Heart Disease

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    Article by Fabafterfifty Cardiovascular disease kills as many women as it does men – that’s one in three men as well as one in three women. Cardiovascular disease, or CVD for short, means all the diseases of the heart and circulation, including coronary heart disease (angina and heart attack) and stroke. The facts about women and heart disease • Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the single most common cause of death for women in the UK. • CHD kills 3 times more women than breast cancer. • There are over 1 million women in the UK living with CHD. Considering these figures, it’s worrying that some women don’t realise heart disease could happen to them. ...
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