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  1. 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...
  2. 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 ...
  3. 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: ...
  4. Midlife Divorce: The 3 Stages of a Divorce and how a Divorce Mentor can Help – with video

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    Article and interview by Ceri Wheeldon With divorce rates increasing for the over 50s, the process can be overwhelming, irrespective of who within the couple decided to end the marriage and why. Here, divorce mentor Liz Copeland talks about the three main stages of divorce – the early decision and emotional aspects, the practical and planning aspects, and finally moving on with your new life. Liz also talks about the role of a divorce mentor and the benefits that they can bring to the party. What is a divorce mentor? What benefits can a divorce mentor bring to a woman going through a divorce? At what stage of a divorce should you engage with a divorce mentor? Over what period of time and how often? What are the key stages of a divorce? This is the first of a series of interviews on midlife divorce. ...
  5. 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...
  6. Are You Ready to Become a Grandparent?

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    Article by Dr Lynda Shaw The role and demands on grandparents are changing because of new socio-economic pressures, so whilst you’re immersed in the anticipation and excitement of the new arrival, unexpected friction and conflict can often occur if you’re not prepared, according to cognitive psychologist Dr Lynda Shaw. “The role of the grandparents is ever changing.  Baby boomer grandparents may take on a huge chunk of the childcare responsibilities whilst mums return to work, whether it’s doing the school run, helping when the children are ill or stepping in to lend a hand during the school holidays.  This is not new in society.  But now and in the near future the sandwich generation will find themselves still working well into their sixties,...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. The Sandwich Generation: Are Women Bearing the Burden Well?

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    Article by Sandy Sidhu Back in the day, it was the norm for women to take on the role as full time carers and look after their parents within their own home.  But as times have changed, the pressures on women to bring up their own children, have a successful marriage and have a career, as well as caring for their elderly parents is greater than ever. The problem mainly lies in the fact that women are proud to be perceived as capable multitaskers who can do it all, but in reality, the enormity of each of these responsibilities can cause a knock on effect ultimately resulting in health decline and strain on the family.  With the constant juggling and striving for perfection in all of these duties, it has never been so...
  10. How to Support Relatives with Dementia at Christmas

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    Article by Maizie Mears-Owen Everyone wants Christmas to be magical but if your family includes someone living with dementia, that can present challenges which add to your stress levels. Maizie Mears-Owen, Care UK’s head of dementia services, offers advice on how support relatives with dementia at Christmas so that everyone can relax and feel loved and included in the festivities: Before the big day, get everyone together and have fun over the arts and crafts table. Christmas cards are easy to make and the shops have plenty of traditional paper chain kits which are the perfect way to engage an older person in the Christmas preparations. Why not gently lead loved ones living with dementia into the festive season and increase their wellbeing using a technique I have devised called the...
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