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Traveling While Disabled: Dingle or Bust

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Tour books talk about the distilleries, the green hills, cut glass, and of course the ring of Kerry. But that is just the hint of what is fantastic about Ireland. If you get a map with the Emerald Isle’s archeological points of interest, you will see that Ireland is filled with secrets.

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Happy Spring! Welcome Back to Love

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For me, spring is the time of new love and fresh starts!  Are you ready for a fresh start in your love life? Here’s a love quiz that appeared in my book on believing in love again: What do you believe about love now?

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It's Time To Forgive Already

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If we’re honest, we all have harbored resentments, collected injustices, and become angry over insults that aren’t that important. I meditate. I burn candles. I drink green tea. And I still want to smack someone who offends me. It is challenging and completely exasperating to forgive someone. It might even be harder to forgive yourself.

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Traveling While Disabled: De Nile Cruise

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I have always been enthralled with Egypt. I taught myself hieroglyphics when I was eight years old from the encyclopedia. So when I got a chance to take a cruise down (ur up) the Nile, I was stoked. Temples and tombs and pyramids, oh my! This was shortly after my bout with a neurological autoimmune disease that left me walking in pain with a cane. I was fortunate that several friends agreed to go along with me on this trip of a lifetime to help me maneuver the sites.

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40 Steps to Making a Bed... And Other Lessons in Caregiving

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One recent morning, a clinical manager who helps train aides at the home care agency where I work, shared with me a lighthearted comment that she'd overheard from one of her newest trainees. "Who knew making a bed was so complex?" the aide had said. That got me thinking -- and counting.

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I Want To Take The Alzheimer's Test

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Last night I had trouble getting to sleep.  Tossing and turning, I attempted to clear my thoughts, but my brain had other ideas.  My mind was on an instant replay loop: A new study reveals researchers have developed a blood test that will predict if a healthy person — someone with no symptoms — is likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease within the next few years. The study focused on people over 70 and was about 90 percent accurate.

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25 Tips to Stretch Your Mind At Any Age

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The good news is your brain has plasticity. This means that the brain has a natural ability to remodel itself throughout life so that the phrase “stretch your mind at any age” resonates. The brain is always changing, sometimes for better, and sometimes for worse. This neuroplasticity gives the brain the ability to change its neural pathways and synapses, which in turn affects changes in behavior, environment and neural processes.

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Moving My Feet

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Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward the sun, one's feet moving forward." A Facebook friend recommended a workout fitness tracking bracelet called fit-bit.  I received mine for Christmas, and I LOVE it!! I think the quote above should be their slogan, or at least I made it mine while I am working out. 

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How to Love an Angry Man: Part 3 – Help Him by Helping Yourself

I’ve been writing about angry men for some time now. That’s because I recognized how destructive anger can be in our relationships, but also how common it is. In my book, Stress Relief for Men: How to Use the Revolutionary Tools of Energy Healing to Live WellI describe the experiences that many people have living with an angry and abusive male:

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Focus and Manifestation

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I learned far too late in life that what I focus on grows! When I start really looking for something I usually find it. Not always in the form that I expected, but these days I can usually manifest what I decide is a priority for me. Why is this? Because focus leads to creativity. Finding the courage to make a solid commitment to any goal, focuses your mind and body. Because you have found a focus, your mind and body will now seek out solutions everywhere. Our minds are amazing that way!

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Sundown Syndrome And A Breath of Fresh Air

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Editor's Note: As many of our readers know, Sundowning (or Sundown Syndrome) sometimes affects people who have Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Rita Altman, VP of Memory Care for Sunrise Senior Living, is an expert and recently put some of her expert tips on how to respond to symptoms of Sundowning to "virtual" paper in the form of a blog.  Rita writes that you should, "observe for emotions and behaviors, Look for the unmet need, Respond with empathy, Don't forget about vitamin D and Maintain a routine." For additional insight and detail around these tips, we've posted Rita's original blog below.

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Best Practices for Successful Online Dating at Midlife and Beyond

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Online dating can be intimidating, especially for those of you who have been out of the dating game for a while. You may wonder if it’s safe, how comfortable you feel competing in such an open forum, how you will handle potential rejection, or how you will feel if you don’t any attention at all. All these concerns are valid. You no doubt feel more vulnerable than you did at 16. Here are my best practices for successful online dating. 1) Do keep it light

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Traveling While Disabled: Barranquilla and Cartagena, Part VII, Homeward Bound

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This is the seventh 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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How to Love an Angry Man: Part 2 – Dealing with Anger vs. Rage

Dear Dr. Jed, I’m worried about my husband. He’s angry all the time and blames me for everything that is wrong. He calls me names, yells at me, looks at me with such hatred, I want to disappear. He’s never hit me, but I’m afraid of him. He totally denies that there are any problems with him. When he gets mad he calls me a bitch and a lot worse and tells me I’m crazy and should be hospitalized. 

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5 Steps to Get Out of Your Rut

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The more I talk to women from all walks of life, the more I hear “I feel like I am stuck in a rut, spinning my wheels with no way to get out.” Too many women over 50 feel like they are driving aimlessly through life with no purpose or plan. Loneliness, depression and a sense of hopelessness take over, and instead of enjoying the freedoms of life after 50, they sink deeper into the quicksand of despair.

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Finding Delight In The Seasons

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I think we can all agree that the month of February was a discouraging combination of harsh winds, bitter cold and one storm after another. In general, I’m a happy, enthusiastic person, but on many days I found myself feeling blue. Life is too short to feel like this, but I couldn’t figure out a way to find delight during such bleak days.  I then had a little conversation with Mother Nature.  Here is what she said: