SPREAD 11 – HEROES/HEROINES OF AGE

Everyone has a role model, even though he/she may not realise it.  Little children unconsciously look at those closest and take in their style, their attitudes and their methods of dealing with life.  With age, the role models shift, often to someone outstanding in popular culture.   The devotee may want to look like them, sound…

SPREAD TEN – AS YOUNG AS YOU FEEL

Age is an attitude of mind.  That may be true for the individual but unfortunately it is not true of the people around.  One of the ill-effects of separating the family by generations is that a yawning gap has appeared between the young and the old.  Instead of taking old people for granted a sense…

SPREAD NINE – AGED 100 AND MORE!

What are the characteristics that men and women should cultivate should they wish to live  healthily to be 100?  A fierce independence?  An ability to laugh?  The knack of making friends?  All the research shows these factors are vital but undoubtedly, one of the most telling is the ability to be adaptable. A familiar family…

SPREAD EIGHT – GOOD FRIENDS

If meaning in life is derived from the good feelings we get from close relationships, it means we need to take a concentrated look at friendships.  Friendships come in all shapes and sizes.  Some are as intense as a love affair, some as intimate as marriage and even those less passionate still impart a sense…

SPREAD SEVEN – FINDING THE MEANING IN LIFE

What is the meaning of life?  It’s an ancient debate and, no doubt, there will never be a specific answer.  But human beings, at any age, derive good feelings from their intercourse (the social sort) with other human beings. And such good feelings are likely to be at the basis of meaning to life.  Yet…

SPREAD SIX – THE SCHOOLROOM OF LIFE – TASKS

Research into the adverse effects of hostility on the human body, by Duke University Medical Center, showed in 1980 that patients who scored high on a questionnaire designed to assess anger, suffered from more severe coronary artery blockages than others.  Specifically, 70 per cent of the high scorers had severe blockages while fewer than 50…

SPREAD FIVE – CHANGING MENTAL ATTITUDES

Much of age survival involves living through change.  And if men and women are going to manage change, keeping their personality intact, it means developing two distinct sides to the character.  The first is the need for self-awareness.  If you don’t possess some idea of what kind of a person you are, what your temperament…

SPREAD FOUR – THE POWER OF BEING POSITIVE

The ability to remain positive at times when life gets tough, is one of the shared characteristics of age survivors.  Yet being positive is not always easy.  Life can be depressing – it has a nasty habit of  kicking you when you are down.  What’s more depression is catching.  Anyone who has lived under the…

SPREAD THREE – FEEL IN CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE

Therapist Nira Kfir believes that our lives are ruled by the primitive coping strategies men and women devise as infants.  Understanding these is one of the keys to being in control of life.    A second factor, (Factor Two) is her belief that past traumatic experiences can scar so badly these are sometimes responsible for bringing…

RELAXATION AND ENERGISING ROUTINES

Most of the activities described in this pack are created for two people to carry out together. This is on the theory that the most pleasurable way to expand and expend sexual energy is in the company of a lover. This first section differs slightly in that it paves the way for the build-up of…