After years of working both in the home and in the workforce, many women over the age of 60 find themselves eager for retirement. But when is the right time to retire and how do you know if you can truly afford the life you have been looking forward to?
With more and more baby boomers reaching retirement age — 75 million Americans will turn 65 over the next 20 years and more than half are women — more and more women will have the opportunity to explore and learn about the world.
Smith College, in the 1960s, was a hotbed of social activism. Students on the all-female campus stood up not just for women’s rights, but for human rights.
One student in particular made her life’s work to make the world a better place. From contributing to President John F. Kennedy’s “War on Poverty” to serving in the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone to a career as a teacher, Lee has always believed that education is society’s great equalizer.
January is here and with the winter weather in full force, I can’t think of a better time to curl up on the sofa with a good book! This month, as the smell of smoke fills the air and the landscape is painted a thousand shades of grey and white, we have some excellent book recommendations from our Sixty and Me sisters.
From historical fiction to science-fiction, there is sure to be something for you. Enjoy the following books in good health and in good spirits.
For many women, knitting is a relaxing process, something akin to meditation. Knitting gives us the opportunity to step back from the chaos of the world around us and focus on a process that just makes sense.
“That’s not true, mom! You make an amazing baked beans on toast!” This was what my son replied when I told him that I felt like I had failed the family by never learning how to cook.
Of course, he said this with a smile and I knew that he was just joking. As he went on to explain, there are plenty of things that are more important than knowing how to bake or cook. But, his comment still stuck with me. I wondered if I would ever find the time to enjoy cooking like my mom did.
Contrary to popular opinion, not every woman over 60 is a needle-wielding, double-knitting, sweater-making machine. Some women, like myself, never learned how to knit when we were younger. Then, as family life took over, we simply didn’t get the chance to pick up a pair of knitting needles. There was simply too much to do!
“Family members, friends, and neighbors devote countless hours to providing care to their relatives or loved ones. During National Family Caregivers Month, we recognize and thank the humble heroes who do so much to keep our families and communities strong.” – President Barack Obama, NFC Month Proclamation 2012.
American expatriate Hester Witchey, 79, grew up near Cleveland, Ohio, where she taught elementary school for close to 40 years before retirement.
“When you’re going through menopause, and you’re a seasoned woman, and you’ve been through three really serious relationships and the last one you thought would be forever, and to wake up alone, and… it’s hard. It really took me a long time to get over that depression. You know, I covered it up with super-volunteerism.” – Wanda for Graying of AIDS