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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.

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

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

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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
6 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
6 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!
6 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!
7 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
7 months ago

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

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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
8 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

How to Find New Friends After 60
8 months ago

How to Find New Friends After 60

By  •  Lifestyle

I walked past a local restaurant on Park Street recently. Seated at one of the tables next to the window was a group of women. They were talking, laughing and enjoying themselves and their time together. It was the kind of group that you just wanted to pull up a chair, order a glass of wine and join in. Read More

How to Develop True Friendships in Retirement
9 months ago

How to Develop True Friendships in Retirement

­­I’ve moved to a new city and I don’t know anyone. Like many older women, I left my comfort zone to be near my family. When I say I didn’t know anyone in my new city, I mean I missed people with whom I shared history and a comfortable sense of belonging. Read More

The Benefits of Mastering the Art of Small Talk After 60
9 months ago

The Benefits of Mastering the Art of Small Talk After 60

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Some people are naturally good at social interaction. You see them at parties and events, surrounded by groups of other guests, talking, laughing and having fun. They move around the room, igniting small fires of goodwill. Everyone loves them. Read More