The fact that “Le Week-End” received mixed reviews amplifies the theme of the movie. Women tend to describe it as the poignant love story of a struggling married couple Nick and Meg (Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan). Male reviewers think Meg is too dominant and determined to selfishly have things all her own way. It is one of those movies that can be seen through two lenses… and maybe that’s the point.
“Water for Elephants” is a book about memories, aging, and nostalgia. It is also a story of loyalty and love. Jacob Jankowski is in his 90’s and the movie starts with him looking back on his days with the circus. The Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth was his life. His story spans a lifetime. He starts with memories of losing his parents the Depression and learning how to survive on his own. He has to give up his studies as a veterinarian and hope to find an opportunity that will keep him sane and safe. By chance he finds himself drawn into the world of the circus.
Whenever I ask the women in the Sixty and Me Community to tell me about some of the inspirational older women in their lives, they understandably name their mother, grandmother, sister, or close friend.
It’s natural to admire the women who are closest to us. After all, these are the people that we know intimately. They have comforted us in difficult times and shared in our successes. We admire their compassion, determination, persistence, courage and humor, because we have seen them demonstrate these traits on a personal level.
Do you wake up and immediately crave a cup of coffee? Has a visit to your local Starbucks become an addictive morning ritual? Maybe it’s time to mix up your morning routine with fresh lemon juice. Don’t get me wrong, we know that know caffeine can help with memory and concentration. At the same time, there are plenty of other hot drinks that are packed with nutritional goodness. One of my favourites is the humble hot lemon.
In my recent interview with Dr. John Medina, we discussed the power of nostalgia to improve brain function. Since women over 60 care deeply about keeping their brains healthy as they age, I decided to take a trip down memory lane and explore the six decades that have shaped women who are just now reaching retirement. As you read, I encourage you to take a pause after each section and try to visualize what your life was like. What are your strongest memories of each time period?
“On Golden Pond” is a classic movie that brings together some of the greatest actors of the 20th century. Its theme is timeless. Examining relationships at the end of life, it explores with compassion and honesty the importance of taking care of unfinished family business.
Women are redefining life in their sixties. They are asking whether the idea of “aging gracefully” is an old fashioned and outdated concept. If you want to live life in your sixties with passion and verve, being true to yourself while challenging stereotypes of aging, this video is one that you will enjoy.
“I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman” is a collection of essays about the experience of growing older by Nora Ephron. She is best known for her movie scripts for romantic comedies like “Sleepless in Seattle” and “When Harry Met Sally.” As Ephron reflected on her aging body, she decided to use humour and lighthearted cynicism to reveal her observations. She applied her dry sense of humour to soften the edges of the emotional and physical aches and pains emerging as she got older. It is a light read about a serious topic and a welcome addition to Ephron’s collection of books in light of her death in 2012.
One of the common misconceptions about women over 60 is that we are not tech savvy. The truth is that we love our smartphones, tablets and eBooks just as much as anyone. We are also always on the lookout for amazing new apps to educate, entertain and inspire us. Unfortunately, with hundreds of new apps being released every day, it’s almost impossible to try them all.
We’re here to help sort through the clutter. Following are a few of what we consider to be the best apps for older women.
Turning 60 is definitely a milestone birthday. Unfortunately, coming up with the best 60th birthday ideas is not always easy! The good news is that the 43,000 women over 60 in our Sixty and Me community are here to help. Whether you’re planning your own 60th birthday or are thinking about how to help someone special in your life to celebrate, we hope you find the suggestions below helpful!
As a young woman, I thought that the path to success in life was simple — invest in a great education, land a fabulous job in my chosen field and work obsessively to get ahead. Along the way, I hoped to find true love, raise a family, buy a house and travel the world. Climbing the corporate ladder, I measured my accomplishments by the new words in my job title. The elusive “glass ceiling” always shimmered in the distance, promising astounding rewards for my hard work. All I had to do was stay focused and do my job well.
“Fried Green Tomatoes” is a movie that many women in the Sixty and Me Community love. In fact, they voted it one of their favourite movies of all time. Somehow in the busy 1990’s, I managed to miss is. So catching up, 20 years later, was a fun journey down memory lane.