communications, trust and respect.
Those three elements are at the heart ofevery healthy relationship. |a
From our family and friends to ourbodies and bank accounts, we haverelationships with all the people andthings where we live, work and play.
Every one of those relationshipsaffects our health: when relationshipsare healthy they can contribute to goodhealth. When we are surrounded byunhealthy relationships, it can make ussick.
In this special issue of Apple magazine,we look at how to build, mend andmaintain healthy relationships. Ourbiggest article ever, A to Z Guide toRelationships (starting on page 39),covers 26 topics and 14 pages, beginningwith adverse childhood experiences andending with zest for life.
Among our other stories are: StandingUp to Bullying on page 18, which looksat how parents can build confidencein and support their children to havehealthy relationships. Our 50+ column––Gay and Gray on page 24––delves intothe unique challenges people who are
Caring for people in the community
lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender orqueer deal with as they age. Whilesociety is becoming more open andaccepting of sexual and diversity, olderpeople who are LGBTQ may go “backinto the closet” leaving them isolated andinsecure.
One of the most difficult relationshipspeople have is with death. Talkingabout and preparing and planningfor it can seem nearly impossible. InCaring Conversations on page 36,researchers say we have to get over thoseuncomfortable feelings. Communicatingour wishes to our loved ones while we’rehealthy ensures they can speak for us incase we can’t speak for ourselves.
Something that can be equally difficultto talk about is consent. Our Youthfulcolumn on page 20 talks simply andfrankly about the importance of youthlearning to be open and honest aboutsex.
Once again, and as with every healthyrelationship, it comes down to good
Tammy Troute-Wood, left, is a sexualand reproductive health specialistand Heather Cobb, right, is a healthpromotion specialist with Alberta HealthServices’ Sexual and ReproductiveHealth.