WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED AF­TER 7 YEARS OF MAR­RIAGE?

Toronto Star - - LIFE -

Mar­riage can be dif­fi­cult. Which is why the seven-year itch — the be­lief that hap­pi­ness in a re­la­tion­ship de­clines around then — ex­ists. But what about those who power through and learn a whole lot along the way? If you and your spouse are at the seven-year an­niver­sary mark, the Star wants to hear from you. Per­haps you’ve worked to keep things in­ter­est­ing (or at least not bor­ing), or you’ve im­proved your com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills or fi­nally learned to com­pro­mise. What were your ex­pec­ta­tions ver­sus the re­al­ity? What have you learned about your part­ner that you didn’t ex­pect? What do you think the next seven years will look like? If you’d be will­ing to share your ex­pe­ri­ence for an up­com­ing story, please con­tact ebrait@thes­tar.ca by July 19. Please put “Seven year itch” in the sub­ject line and in­clude your con­tact in­for­ma­tion. Your ex­pe­ri­ence could be part of a larger story in the Star.

Don’t be tempted by quick-fix so­lu­tions. There are many mar­keters look­ing to sell so­lu­tions. Many of these have had no rig­or­ous test­ing and may in fact be dan­ger­ous for some peo­ple. Talk to your doc­tor be­fore em­bark­ing on treat­ments.

It is not a clear path, but good choices can make a dif­fer­ence in the long run. You and your sis­ter should do all you can to live a brain-healthy life. Nira Rit­ten­berg is an oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist who spe­cial­izes in geri­atrics and de­men­tia care at Bay­crest Health Sciences Cen­tre and in pri­vate prac­tice. She is co-author of De­men­tia: A Care­giver’s Guide avail­able at bay­crest.org/ dacg. Email ques­tions to care­giv­ing­with­nira@bay­crest.org

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