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lead to deep scars. Deal with feelings first. It’s easy to criticize or judge others for behavior we don’t approve of or hammer them for personal or professional shortcomings. To be a better man, think like a woman. Personally, I feel sorry for the macho man, the tough dude who takes no prisoners. He’s always in charge. He’s a “leader” who takes no flak from anyone -- including his partner. For most women, nurturing is the very essence of being connected and in love. They know how important it is to comfort and support, to be there in times of need. Men can learn a lot from women. True intimacy means sharing with your partner your vulnerabilities. Love is more important than sex. Many men I know -- and I’d have to include myself among them -- are beggars when it comes to sex. There’s nothing wrong with wanting sex and asking for sex. There’s something very wrong with demanding it. Sex is not a “right.” It’s about giving, a shared joy that lifts both partners’ spirits. Relationships change, so adjust. Even 30 years later it seems as if it were yesterday that we started to date. Time flies. And every day the rules of the game change and so do we. Every relationship takes work. Never take your partner for granted, work on being closer and be willing to compromise. Love grows. It’s an interesting thing. We tend to think of love and passion as the province of the young, but the opposite seems to be true. Surveys of couples indicate that those in their 50s have a much higher level of love and commitment than those in their 30s. Commitment counts. Commitment doesn’t happen all at once. For some couples, it might occur in months; others might not get there for years. But successful couples invariably take this crucial step. Get help before giving up. I would never argue that a bad marriage is better than divorce, but always seek help before throwing in the towel on a relationship. There is nothing more precious than a good marriage, something we should cherish and work diligently on to assure its success, despite some overwhelming odds.

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that more and more couples are choosing to live together before getting married. From 1982 to 2010, the number of women below age 45 who lived with a domestic partner out of wedlock increased from 3 percent to 11 percent. Marriage is still occurring but later in life so that by age 40, 90 percent of women and 80 percent of men have been married at least once. The number of younger people who haven’t married is increasing. In 2010, 38 percent of women under 40 reported never having been married, compared with 33 percent in 1995. Black women were the least likely to be married (55 percent) followed by Hispanics (49 percent), Asians (39 percent) and white women (34 percent). However, across the board, 58 percent of marriages still end in divorce. Divorce is least likely in Asian women (69 percent remain married) compared with 54 percent in white women and 37 percent for black women. Hispanic men are the most likely to stay married (70 percent), compared to 54 percent for white and 53 percent for black men. The chances of marrying later are higher for those with more education and secure employment, both of which are strong predictors of a successful marriage. If you have a college or postgraduate education, the chance of remaining married after 20 years is 72 percent, compared to 41 percent for those without a high school or college degree. Clearly, being raised by a single parent, living in a dysfunctional home or being raised in poverty Dr. David Lipschitz is the author of the books “Breakaffects a child’s future and opportunity for success. ing the Rules of Aging” and “Dr. David’s First Health Book of Nothing is more important to the health, happiness More Not Less.” To find out more about Dr. David Lipschitz and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and and welfare of families than saving a marriage. Here BEL AIR GREENS are 10 steps that have been shown to make 6th pg.a mar- cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www. creators.com. More information is available at www.DrDavidriage more likely to succeed. Dec. 4, 2011 Health.com. Stay faithful. Nothing is more important than monogamy. Infidelity is the greatest cause of loss of trust and crashed relationships. Talk and keep talking. Quite a few of the long-term couples I’ve known credit total communication for keeping them together. They have no secrets -- and I mean none. They share everything: concerns about work, issues with children, personal details about friends, and so on. Learn how to argue and negotiate. Brutal fights, throwing insults and demeaning statements

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The Grandparent Scam targets seniors who fall for a trick of handing over money to an imposter ANSWER: At your next attack, you should grandchild. Even though it’s an old scam, it shows go to a doctor immediately. You can have gout with- no sign of fading away. If anything, this scam is making a resurgence. out having diabetes. They’re not related. Typically the senior will get a call, sup The pain of gout is severe. You are not the DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My husband least bit stupid for seeking relief from it. The attacks posedly from a grandchild, and be told there’s an has had a cough that seems to have lasted for- you have sound like gout. You’ve had seven attacks; emergency: The grandchild is in trouble, or there’s ever. He saw several doctors. Each gave him you’re likely to have more. You can obtain effective been an accident, or a mistaken arrest. It sounds very believable. a different diagnosis and different treatment. medicine to stop them. 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