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This Is Life

Posted: 9 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Family & Relationships | Read Time: 3 minutes, 25 seconds
There is a doorman in our building in the City that had been aloof and cool towards me since we moved into our apartment four years ago. He was not unkind just distant. After he learned of my mom’s illness he came to me and earnestly shared with me his affection for his mom and family and his prayer that my mom would be okay. After one of Mom’s medical emergencies, I was leaving to go to Florida; he stopped me and spoke of the loss he felt when his own mother’s health was failing.&...
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When the Hits Keep Coming

Posted: 9 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Family & Relationships | Read Time: 6 minutes, 24 seconds
In my thirties, I developed a theory that every person has one really bad thing happen to them in their life and once you learned the lesson you had to learn from that one really bad thing, it would be smooth sailing from then on out. In my fifties, I discovered I wasn’t really very bright in my thirties. We were now spending 15-hour days at the very same hospital that my brother had been in and out of for the last 5 months but now with our mother. She woke c...
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The Role of the Family

Posted: 9 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Family & Relationships | Read Time: 4 minutes, 39 seconds
There is a superstition that famous people die in threes. After the first two celebrity deaths are announced, the question is breathlessly asked, who is next? I have come to believe that when crisis strikes, it too, comes in threes. When the most powerful earthquake since records began struck Japan the result was a crisis but when it triggered a tsunami that caused the meltdown of multiple nuclear reactors along the coast, a true feeling of despair swept over the nation. The devast...
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The Crisis

Posted: 9 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Family & Relationships | Read Time: 5 minutes, 26 seconds
When we first started Footsteps our vision was to be an information portal for managing the issues surrounding aging and how to think creatively about aging. But as we started to evolve we highlighted individuals who live a creative life at every age. Our goal was and continues to be to present positive people and concepts at Footsteps. Our mission is to give a forum to those with real world solutions to living a creative life.This past 5 months my family has been...
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Better Health Channel: What Makes Families Happy

Posted: 11 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Family & Relationships | Read Time: 0 minutes, 15 seconds
Excerpt: Happy families have certain traits in common. Communication, togetherness, sharing activities, affection, support, acceptance, commitment and resilience are typical in families that function well. Children benefit from regular mealtimes, affection, play, traditions and outings with the whole family. Unhappy families may benefit from professional help. R...
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Family and Consumer Sciences: Building Positive Relationships

Posted: 11 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Family & Relationships | Read Time: 0 minutes, 21 seconds
Excerpt: The decline of a parent’s health, death of one parent or financial pressures often mean an aging parent will need increased social and emotional support or services from family—such as help with meals, cleaning, transportation or financial matters. Sue, like many adult children today, is confronted with increased interaction with her aged parent and with decisions that will affect her life and her parent’s life.
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Psychology Today: When Parents Play Favorites

Posted: 11 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Family & Relationships | Read Time: 0 minutes, 18 seconds
Excerpt: A large proportion of parents display consistent favoritism toward one child over another. This favoritism can manifest in different ways: more time spent with one child, more affection given, more privileges, less discipline, or less abuse. Research by sociologist Jill Suitor examines some of the causes and consequences of parental favoritism, which occurs in 1/3 to 2/3 of American families.
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Family Dynamics

Posted: 11 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Family & Relationships | Read Time: 2 minutes, 7 seconds
Betsy married Bill Camden when she was 20 years old. During their 55-year marriage they raised three children, worked hard to be financially independent and continued to be best friends until the day Bill died. Prior to Bill’s death, he managed all the family finances, including setting up a trust for the children and making sure their legal papers and wills were in order. As he aged, Bill talked to each of the children about what would happen in the event Bill and Betsy died and how the estate...
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AARP Helps Identify Warning Signs for Driving

Posted: 11 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Family & Relationships | Read Time: 0 minutes, 16 seconds
Excerpt: Most people want to continue driving as long as they can do so safely. However, for many of us, the time comes when we must limit or stop driving, either temporarily or permanently. What are the warning signs that indicate someone should begin to limit driving or to stop altogether? Read the full article
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