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  1. The Heart of Relating: Does your ego get in the way of relationships?

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    By Carmella B’Hahn   Every moment of every day, all of us are relating, either consciously or unconsciously, with ourselves, others and life. Our relationships can be a major source of sustenance – fulfilling our crucial need for connection, belonging, and giving/receiving love, however, quite often they are a source of stress.   Communication skills – the bedrock of successful relationships – are not on the mainstream education syllabus and children are generally left to learn to relate by absorbing the behaviour of those around them. Without conscious work on our part to change any unhelpful past influences, we will still be repeating them decades later, to be absorbed, in turn, by youngsters now in our orbit. How often have you caught a glimpse of your mother or father in the mirror of late?...
  2. What do middle-aged men see when they look in the bathroom mirror?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon ‘What do you think men see when they come out of the shower and look in the mirror?’ is the question posed by one friend over  a girls lunch. ‘My husband  comes out of the bathroom strutting around like a peacock, whereas I (after cleaning the shower) look in the mirror see where everything has drooped or wrinkled and come out of the bathroom feeling deflated’. ‘Does the mirror treat men more kindly? Or do they  not see that extra  tyre around the middle or that face that has not aged well, seeing instead a youthful image of themselves  and possessing a confidence that makes them feel they can still conquer the world .’ Do they really not see the...
  3. How A French Beach Can Change Your Life

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    Article by Diana Raab, Ph.D. In the summer of 1977, we arrived in the southern French beach town for our honeymoon. I unpacked my suitcase and realized that in the post-wedding frenzy, I forgot to pack the tops of my two-piece bikinis. There’s no way in the world I would spend my honeymoon not swimming in the spectacular Mediterranean.  Right beside our small boutique hotel was a beachwear store. With my broken French accent I asked for bathing suit tops. The woman looked at my quizzically as if thinking, “weird and greedy American, wants the top too!” It was my first experience in France. Was it possible all women went topless on the beach here? A stroll on the neighboring...
  4. Midlife Divorce: Stage 3 How to Rebuild Your Life

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    Article and Interview by Ceri Wheeldon The fourth and final interview in our video series with divorce mentor Liz Copeland as she looks at how to rebuild your life as the divorce process nears its completion.   Issues addressed in this video include: Rebuilding Your Life post Divorce  Self esteem/confidence may be at a low – how do you rebuild it and how important is it at this stage? When negotiating what you want in divorce proceedings how do you ensure that you have the strength to stand up for what you want? How do you do this without coming across as deranged or too aggressive? How do you handle how your soon to be ex husband’s behaviour through this?   The other videos in this series on divorce include: Video 1 outlines the 3  Stages of...
  5. Midlife Divorce: Stage 2 How to handle the practical and legal aspects

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    Article and interview by Ceri Wheeldon In this third video in our midlife divorce interview series with divorce mentor Liz Copeland, Liz discusses the practical and legal issues that need to be addressed as the divorce process progresses. Stage 2 Practical and legal What should somebody going through a divorce be doing at this stage? What is required in terms of financial information, lawyers, communicating with ex, entering negotiations etc. The other videos in our divorce interview series are: Video 1 outlines the 3  Stages of a Divorce – and the role a divorce mentor can play Video 2 covers Stage One of a Divorce – Coming to terms with the emotional aspects ...
  6. Midlife Divorce: Coming to terms with the emotional aspects

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    In this second of our video interviews discussing midlife divorce with divorce mentor Liz Copeland , Liz offers her tips on coping with the first stage of divorce – coming to terms with the emotional aspects and the changes that a divorce will bring to your life. These are just some of the questions Liz will address in this video interview. Stage One  of Divorce At the beginning – irrespective of who made the decision, there is a huge shift in life and mindset – what are the key issues people need to address at this stage? How much should you look to friends/family for support? Many women are used to being self sufficient – and don’t like to ask for help- what you advise them to do?   Other videos in our divorce interview series: ...
  7. The DOs and DON’Ts of throwing a wedding vow renewal party

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    Article by FabafterFifty Renewing your wedding vows can be a great way of celebrating and reaffirming your love and commitment to one another. While most people often hold a renewal ceremony on a big anniversary such as their 10th, 25th or 50th year of marriage, it is not uncommon to hold such a ceremony much closer to the date of the original ceremony. Regardless of whether you have recently eloped or have been happily married for half a century – a vow renewal is a great time to surround yourself with friends and family and celebrate you and your partner’s dedication to each other. In order to help you make the most of such a ceremony, we have put together a handy list of things you should, and shouldn’t do...
  8. How to rediscover the Art of Conversation once your children have flown the nest

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    Article by Louise Howland   For many years, our circles of friends have been strangely immune from separation and divorce. Whilst the odd eyebrow may raise or an occasional minor irritation is expressed, we seemed firmly established in a group of loyal, strong marriages destined to last the distance. However, more recently we have noticed how changes in home life, particularly since retirement, may have added some unexpected strains. Each year, for the last 30 years, dozens of my partner’s male friends have converged at our house for a big motor racing event. Despite the overall motor theme, discussions tend to wide- ranging, but this year the conversations were more eye-opening than normal. “I don’t think we will last the year” said one friend, who felt his wife was now bored of...
  9. Quitting the Pill Might Make You Break Up – Scientists Claim

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    Article by FabafterFifty A new report has discovered that women who stop taking the contraceptive pill can find their husbands less attractive and can end up being less satisfied with their relationship as a result. The report, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science Journal, tested 118 newly-wed couples and asked the wives to record a) their satisfaction with their husband and b) their history of taking hormonal contraceptives. The results showed that women who were taking the pill at the beginning of their relationship became less satisfied with their husband’s looks when they later stopped taking contraception. This was true when the husband’s facial attractiveness was judged as reasonably unattractive by an ‘objective observer’. When the husband’s facial features were considered as quite attractive however, women who...
  10. As seen in EastEnders, your partner and prostate cancer

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    Article by Nikolaas Harding BBC EastEnders character, 79 year old Stan Carter, played by Timothy West CBE, has recently revealed to his family that he has prostate cancer – a secret that he has kept for three years. 40,000 men like Stan are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in the UK and 40,000 families like the Carters are left struggling to come to terms with the situation. Men over 50 are at higher than average risk of prostate cancer, meaning that many women of this age could face the prospect of supporting their partner through the disease. A positive diagnosis and treatment can put huge emotional strain on a relationship and the family unit. Impact of Prostate Cancer on Relationship Rebekah Howe, 54, mother of 5 from Bedford, sadly lost her husband Mark to...
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