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How to Make Friends as an Adult

For most of our lives, our social relationships are accidental. Then, in our 60s, we find ourselves wondering how to make friends as an adult. This is not a trivial question. Having strong social ties is good for our health and happiness. Let’s explore this topic together.

Has Social Isolation Snuck Up on You? Here Are 6 Ways to Reconnect with People
1 month ago

Has Social Isolation Snuck Up on You? Here Are 6 Ways to Reconnect with People

Isolation sneaks up on ya! Has it snuck up on you too?

I had been building my business as an “Influencer” for over 35 years and this year decided to do something differently. However, disconnecting from that business network for a different focus caught me with a sideline surprise. Read More

Can You Ever Really Know Someone?
2 months ago

Can You Ever Really Know Someone?

My sister and I exchange emails at least once a week. Sometimes I’m shocked when I read her impressions of something I’ve said. It’s eye-opening and gives me a different lens through which to see myself. Read More

Hopscotch and the Art of Making Friends as an Older Adult
2 months ago

Hopscotch and the Art of Making Friends as an Older Adult

Hopscotch. We played the game every day after school. We played it on the sidewalks and in the playgrounds outside the eighteen-floor brick building that was our home in Brooklyn, New York. We played as a way to hang out with each other. We were friends. We were friends because we were the same age and lived a floor from each other.

How do we hang out with our friends as adults? Read More

How a Surprise Friendship Showed Me that Life After 60 Gives as Much as it Takes
4 months ago

How a Surprise Friendship Showed Me that Life After 60 Gives as Much as it Takes

By  •  Lifestyle

The older I get, the more clearly I see – through my new trifocals – that life really is a give and take proposition, often with equally unsatisfactory results. Read More

Let’s Get Personal! 6 Reasons Hand-Written Thank You Cards Rock
4 months ago

Let’s Get Personal! 6 Reasons Hand-Written Thank You Cards Rock

We’ve forgotten some of the gentler social niceties in our quick, digital world. Before there was Facebook, we actually told people Happy Birthday to their faces, or we sent them a card. Read More

Hearing Loss Happens, but, Good Listening Skills Are a Choice
4 months ago

Hearing Loss Happens, but, Good Listening Skills Are a Choice

When was the last time you felt really listened to? Can you think of a time when somebody sat down with you and gave you their undivided, respectful attention? Do you know the feeling of being encouraged to go deeper, to tap into your own knowing in the presence of another? Read More

How Do Real Friends Respond to a Serious Illness? You Might Be Surprised!
5 months ago

How Do Real Friends Respond to a Serious Illness? You Might Be Surprised!

My friends are getting sick at an alarming rate. No doubt it goes with the aging process. We all get our share of aches and pains but some illnesses are a matter of life and death.

When your friend is diagnosed with a serious illness, what’s the best way to respond? Read More

Want to Find More Friends After 60? Start by Getting to Know Yourself!
5 months ago

Want to Find More Friends After 60? Start by Getting to Know Yourself!

Despite everything we know about the importance of maintaining social connections as we get older, finding friends after 60 can be a challenge. Read More

Do’s and Don’ts of Being a Caregiver’s Friend
5 months ago

Do’s and Don’ts of Being a Caregiver’s Friend

By  •  Lifestyle

When a friend mentions to you that they are now taking care of a loved one with special physical or cognitive needs, it’s easy to underestimate what this truly means. And it quite possibly marks the beginning of the end of your friendship, if you don’t tread properly. Read More

How to Help a Friend Who Experienced Sexual Abuse in Childhood
6 months ago

How to Help a Friend Who Experienced Sexual Abuse in Childhood

Have you ever found yourself listening to a friend’s disclosure that she was sexually abused as a child? How did you handle it? What’s the best way to receive such news?

Here are some of my ideas, based on my thirty years as a trauma therapist. During that time, I helped women who had been sexually abused in childhood. Read More