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LifeBio Celebrates Black History Month

As you and your loved ones celebrate Black History Month this year, take time to reflect on Black History at the micro level. In addition to the heroic stories we hear about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and many others, countless men and women of all ages, races, and religions helped to unite this country for equal rights for all men and women prior to, during, and after the Civil Rights Movement.

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Making a Connection from Afar

Growing up in Erie, PA, I had a very close-knit family. In fact, I lived right across the street from my grandmother. Despite being a close family (figuratively and literally), at the age of 24, I realized I did not know my grandmother as well as I thought I had. After
an impromptu 90-minute interview, she became much more than grandma to me. She became a real person--who had traveled through different phases of life experiencing joys and challenges along the way. She was a little girl, a teenage basketball player, a college student, a teacher, a mother, and then a grandmother.

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Top 10 Travel Destinations for Baby Boomers

With snow on the ground and frost in the air, the summer vacation season seems far away; but now's the time to start planning your next vacation if you already haven't done so. According to Grace Lichtenstein of Away.com, the top 10 domestic travel destinations and activities for active baby boomers are as follows:

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Narrative Therapy and LifeBio

Recently, while attending a conference, I was introduced to the term, “narrative therapy.” If you’re like me, you may not have heard of narrative therapy before. Narrative therapy, also referred to as “re-authoring,” was developed in the 1970s and 1980s by Michael White and David Epston. According to the Narrative Therapy Centre of Toronto, narrative therapy “focuses on the stories of people’s lives and is based on the idea that problems are manufactured in social, cultural and political contexts. Each person produces the meaning of their life from the stories that are available in these contexts.“

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METAMOR: a new word for positive, older people...GROWING older (not getting older)

I was thinking that there needs to be a new word to replace "senior" in our language. I was thinking that aging brings about change....physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and intellectual changes. The new word needs to describe that transformation....so I began to think of butterflies and the change they undergo getting there. Metamorphosis came to mind...and then "metamor" emerged from that word. Now, not everyone who is getting older can be a "metamor".

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Eventually it will never get done

Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the biggest problem when you're thinking about writing your life story (or you want to interview mom, dad, grandma, grandpa). The second problem is not knowing what to write.

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New Year, New Hobby

As we enter a new year, many of us will make resolutions to spend more time with family and friends, learn something new and to simply take time out to enjoy life more. Bringing in the New Year with an original hobby that will help you achieve these resolutions could be just what you need for a fresh start.

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If I had a nickel...

If I had a nickel for every time that someone uttered the following words, I would be a very rich woman. "I wish I had recorded the life stories of _____________ while I had the chance." Then I normally hear about this incredible parent or grandparent who worked three jobs to keep the family afloat OR sacrificed everything so his or her children could go to college OR made the very best chicken dumplings OR played a mean piano.

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How to choose a quality memory book or memory journal

You may be interested in a memory book for your mother, father, grandmother, or grandfather. Not all memory books are created equal. Here is what to look for in a memory book or "memory journal" for your parents or grandparents. Sometimes having some structure makes it easier to interview a parent or grandparent. Here are some things to watch for when choosing a memory book or memory journal:

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