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Positive Attitudes

Brian Tiburzi

A positive attitude about health and wellness is maintained by becoming an active participant in one’s health care, planning an individualized program, accepting the fact that some aspects of life will change with age, and believing one can control one’s health. Attributes relevant in maintaining a positive mental attitude include: Optimism and hope. Believe that things can be better and …

Stress Reduction Ideas

Brian Tiburzi

“Promoting Positive Solutions,” Post-Polio Health, Volume 29, Number 3, Spring 2013 Question: I am a 79-year-old male who had mild polio. At every annual medical visit, my doctor urges me to manage my stress and feels strongly about meditation. I have tried it and don’t like it. Sitting in a room, closing my eyes focusing on my breathing feels boring, and I …

Bullying on Internet

Brian Tiburzi

Post-Polio Health, Volume 31, Number 4, Fall 2015 Dr. Stephanie T. Machell is a psychologist in independent practice in the Greater Boston area and consultant to the International Rehabilitation Center for Polio, Spaulding-Framingham Outpatient Center, Framingham, Massachusetts. Her father was a polio survivor. QUESTION: I participate in a Facebook group for polio survivors. I want to contribute honestly, but many times …

Getting “Creepy” on the Internet

Brian Tiburzi

Post-Polio Health, Volume 31, Number 4, Fall 2015 Dr. Rhoda Olkin is a Distinguished Professor of Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco, as well as the Executive Director of the Institute on Disability and Health Psychology. She is a polio survivor and single mother of two grown children. QUESTION: I see people on Facebook and other …