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Reducing the Stigma of Dementia Through Song

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Having older adults with Alzheimer’s and college students sing together can change younger choir members’ perceptions of dementia and reduce social isolation, both in those with the disease and their family caregivers. These are the findings of a pilot study conducted last spring at the John Carroll University in Ohio. (The study will be published in April 2014 in the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias.)

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How the Power of Words Helped Me Take Back Control

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In January 2013, I was diagnosed with stage IV invasive thymoma. Never heard of it? Don't feel bad; no one else I know has either. In fact, MD Anderson sees only about 25 cases a year. It's a rare cancer that starts in the thymus, a gland located in your chest between your lungs. It's pretty scary to have something so few people have experienced. I remember so clearly my doctor in Lubbock giving me my diagnosis and talking through the treatments.

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Connecting With Your Inner Spirit Helps With A Cancer Diagnosis

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Researchers have found that having a strong sense of spirituality helps people better adjust and cope with cancer. Spirituality provides a foundation of inner strength that can help people find hope, gratitude and keep a positive outlook in the midst of a cancer diagnosis.

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Getting the Love You Want

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What is the secret to attracting your soul mate and the loving relationship you yearn for? Really, it’s very simple. It all starts with you and loving yourself. Only when you truly love yourself can you be in a loving relationship. Here are my five tips to truly loving yourself so you can get the love you want. Distinguish between your wants and desires

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Traveling While Disabled: Barranquilla and Cartagena, Part IV, The Water Park

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This is the fourth installment of the Barranquilla and Cartagena adventures of our intrepid disabled traveler. To read the Barranquilla and Cartagena archive, click here: http://www.thirdage.com/travel/traveling-while-disabled-the-baranquilla-and-cartagene-archive To read the Galapagos series, click here: http://www.thirdage.com/travel/traveling-while-disabled-the-galapagos-archive.

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The Myth of Mental Illness

A new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is due out next year and there is renewed discussion about what constitutes a “mental illness.” One of the world’s leading psychiatrists is questioning the very concept of mental illness. “In non-psychiatric circles mental illness all too often is considered to be whatever psychiatrists say it is,” Dr. Z tells us. “The need to re-examine the problem of mental illness is both timely and pressing.

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Laughter as a Catharsis for Grief

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Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards — Søren Kierkegaard Even when we are grieving, there are some things in life that can make us laugh. I’ve listened to clients who have a sense of guilt if they are having fun or are laughing rather than crying. Both crying and laughing are a catharsis for our emotions, all of which need to be expressed so that we heal.

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Getting Rid of the Apostrophe

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I was recently invited to a party I was fearful to attend,because I didn’t think I knew a lot of the guests. So when the host, who happens to be a special friend asked, if I would be coming, my response was “I’ll try my best to be there.”

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Make a Date with Yourself for Valentine's Day

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Whether you’re married, single or divorced, the Valentine’s Day’s emphasis on romance and the expectations it sparks can create more stress than joy for many people. There can be pressure on Feb. 14 for anyone. The happily single may begin to have doubts; spouses may question the quality of their marital relationship; and for someone who recently experienced a breakup, the holiday can bring nothing but heartache.

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Traveling While Disabled: Barranquilla and Cartagena, Part III, Cartagena by the Sea

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This is the third installment of the Barranquilla and Cartagena adventures of our intrepid disabled traveler. To read the Barranquilla and Cartagena archive, click here: http://www.thirdage.com/travel/traveling-while-disabled-the-baranquilla-and-cartagene-archive To read the Galapagos series, click here: http://www.thirdage.com/travel/traveling-while-disabled-the-galapagos-archive.

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6 Little Known Secrets For A Lifetime of Passion and Love

Everyone wants a great sex life, but few people know how to achieve that goal and even fewer know how to maintain it in a long-term relationship. Couples try new positions and look for “sexy” things to wear. They try to improve their communication and relationship skills. But to really have a great sex life you have to know the secrets of what it means to be male and female.

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Watch Out for These Destructive Types

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Like so many Americans, we changed health care plans this past month. Mike and I shared a terrible experience this week when we went to meet a new doctor  It was truly the worst behavior I have ever witnessed from a trained professional.

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Re-Emerging

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One definition of the word re-emerge is to once again make popular. Life has a way of going full circle and dreams from our past at times re-emerge. I found this to be true when my husband completed an improv class a few months ago.  As a child, Kevin enjoyed entertaining his family by putting on silly shows and making them laugh. Many times things we are passionate about are things we did when young. If we are lucky and smart when grown we allow ourselves to let them re-emerge.

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Parents without Children

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When my mom was still alive, my sister and I often visited her in assisted living and later in memory care.  Many times, we would be the only outside visitor. In fact, there were many residents whose family didn’t visit them.  Sitting hour-after-hour in the lobby, these aging seniors would watch the front entrance intently.  They looked as though they were constantly waiting.  Waiting for someone who rarely or never came to visit. Their waiting and obvious loneliness made me incredibly sad.

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Travelling While Disabled: Barranquilla and Cartagena, Part II, Romancing the Stoner

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This is the second installment of the Barranquilla and Cartagena adventures of our intrepid disabled traveler. To read the Barranquilla and Cartagena archive, click here: http://www.thirdage.com/travel/traveling-while-disabled-the-baranquilla-and-cartagene-archive To read the Galapagos series, click here: http://www.thirdage.com/travel/traveling-while-disabled-the-galapagos-archive.

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Love and Intimacy

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Did you know that over 50% of Americans over age 50 are single? And according to the latest research, those who choose to find a significant other, will find the person online. That may all be true, but I believe that how we meet isn’t half as important as where we are in our lives when we meet. The truth among us human beings is our tolerance for human closeness or intimacy will determine what kind of partner we choose next, and how far that relationship can go.

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Frayed: Adventures on the ACA Trail

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The following is a journal of my experience with the Affordable Care Act and specifically my application process with Covered California. In the spirit of “sometimes you just have to laugh” I have taken a humorous approach. However, the many problems of enrolling in a health care plan were frightening and filled with frustration. I know I am not alone with these thoughts and feelings.