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Nurturing Sisterhood After 60: Celebrating, Connecting, and Supporting Each Other

By Deborah Voll March 16, 2024 Family

In a world where relationships are often measured by digital connections, the strength of bonds formed by women after the age of 60 is nothing short of inspiring. Beyond the confines of societal expectations and stereotypes, women find solace, understanding, and empowerment in the sisterhood that flourishes in their golden years, yet we get busy within our world and oftentimes need to be reminded that a small gesture can make a significant difference in one of our “sisters” day!

I wanted to share and encourage you to consider ways that we can be mindful of supporting each other and contribute to our own well being on a consistent basis. Here are some ideas!

1. Cultivate Genuine Connections

Friendship takes center stage in the lives of women after 60. The friendships formed during this phase of life are often characterized by a deep connection that transcends superficialities. Women understand the importance of having a solid support system, and they actively contribute to building and sustaining these relationships.

Picture this: Mary and Susan, two artistic rebels in their 60s, met in a pottery class where their creations were more abstract than practical. Their bond formed over shared laughter at the expense of their lopsided clay masterpieces, evolving into a friendship that withstands the test of time.

2. Celebrate Individual Achievements

Another crucial aspect of women supporting each other is the celebration of individuality. By now, many women have overcome societal pressures and expectations, allowing them to embrace their true selves. Instead of competing or comparing, these women champion individual achievements and celebrate the diverse paths each has taken. Imagine Jane, the aspiring entrepreneur, launching her post-retirement business selling handmade dog sweaters.

Drawing inspiration from historical figures like Eleanor Roosevelt, who continued to champion humanitarian causes well into her 60s, Jane’s friends not only adorned their pets with these quirky creations but also turned Jane’s home into a runway for canine fashion shows – proving that embracing individuality can be as entertaining as it is empowering.

3. Create Inclusive Spaces

Establish environments that welcome diversity and inclusivity. Whether in physical social gatherings or online communities, ensure that all voices are heard and respected. Enter the online community Sixty and ME! A sanctuary where women over 60 share their experiences, wisdom, triumphs and, yes, the occasional mishap.

Channeling the spirit of Maya Angelou, who in her later years became an advocate for elder women, these women share wisdom with a touch of humor, creating a lighthearted atmosphere that brings laughter into the shared experiences of aging.

4. Offer Emotional Support

In the face of life’s challenges, women often find strength in unity and being there for one another in those times which can often be faced alone. A brief phone call, text or a basket left at the front door with your favorite goodie lets one know that you are there for them when they are ready to be heard.

5. Explore Shared Hobbies and Activities

Strengthen the bonds of sisterhood by engaging in shared hobbies and activities. Imagine the “Golden Girls Walking Club,” where the term “power walk” takes on a whole new meaning. With walking sticks doubling as dance partners and occasional impromptu aerobics sessions, these women redefine fitness in their 60s, proving that laughter and exercise can go hand in hand.

Drawing inspiration from historical trailblazers like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who continued her workout routines well into her 80s, these women exemplify that staying active and connected is a key ingredient for a fulfilling life at any age.

The support system that women create for each other after 60 is a testament to the enduring power of sisterhood. These amusing anecdotes and historical inspirations highlight the real-life stories of women who have leaned on each other, demonstrating the importance of cultivating meaningful connections and celebrating the beauty of female camaraderie throughout the golden years.

After all, history shows us that women supporting women is not just a contemporary concept but a tradition that spans generations. Do you feel that you could use some support as you are entering a new season? I would love to connect with you, and there are various free resources on my website!

Let’s Have a Conversation:

How are you showing up for other women in your life? Have you created a network that has enabled you to be present in your life and support others at the same time? Please share in the comments so we can all learn and grow together!

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I am job hunting in Florida, the weird thing here is no business wants to hire women, maybe men too over 40 they actually have it on the application (are you younger than 40?) it’s crazy.


I think this is area specific. Maine is not friendly. I moved here five years ago. Now at 75 I hardly know anyone. People just do NOT engage.

Mainers are very self-sufficient. Weather has a lot to do with that, I think. It sure hasn’t been easy. I’ve tried book clubs, exercise, you name it. People have their group by this age, I suppose. Maybe I will start a Newcomer’s Club. I’ve been president in the past of one.


I live in Minnesota and use to have different groups of women friends. Some have moved and some passed away. It is tough because many women that I meet have their established groups. My local YMCA has helped! After my husband passed, I joined a Y Grief Group and can feel some connections forming. Have to admit that I’m pickier about who I connect with. That’s on me.


Janel, I can relate to how we become set in our schedules and there is so much time! I have had to put myself out there to invite people over for coffee or meet at a bakery. It’s not easy but works! Please consider starting the Newcomer’s club!


You might want to move to Florida people are friendlier here 😃


I have found new friends in my 60’s by trying new things, starting conversations and introducing myself to women.


Paula, That’s fantastic!


I’m on a dragonboat team of breast cancer survivors in all stages of treatment. We’re like a floating support group, a true sisterhood. There are 22 seats in the boat and each seat, each woman, has a story. It could be a new recurrence, metastasis, a new grandbaby, a family celebration or crisis. We’re there for each other, singing, laughing, crying. Our average age is 64.


How wonderful & uplifting.
I feel very blessed to be female and share special connections with other women. Good luck to you & everyone on your dragonboat!


Thank you for sharing! What a great support system for everyone. and you are probably meeting consistently so you can stay on top of everyone’s lives! Wonderful!

Renee Lovitz

I have supported many women through the years and I continue to do so!


Renee, Thank you for continuing to support other women. You never know what someone is going through at that moment. We all have a story!

The Author

Deborah Voll is a Professional Life & Career Coach who knows from her own experience that “it’s never too late to have the life you want.” Deborah helps you break through the barriers so you can reach your goals. Reach out for a clarity call or check out her Passion and Purpose Workbook.

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