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Giving Back and Volunteering

After 4 or more decades in the workforce, many women over 60 are deciding to spend more time volunteering in retirement. This is a win-win situation. Giving back provides us with a sense of purpose, while we enrich the lives of those around us.

8 years ago

How to Develop the 3 Most Important Types of Compassion

“The cultivation of compassion is no longer a luxury, but a necessity, if our species is to survive.” – The Dalai Lama

In the first part of this blog, I shared several research studies that point to a compassionate lifestyle as a path to health and happiness. In this blog, I will share what I am learning at the Compassion in Education Working Group about cultivating and practicing the compassionate lifestyle. Read More

8 years ago

3 Ways that Human Kindness Can Transform Your Life After 60

When we are asked to describe an ideal friend, many of us use the word “kind.” We are drawn to people who are trustworthy, sympathetic, thoughtful and caring. We may throw in some other “nice to haves,” but, at a fundamental level, simple human kindness is what we need from each other. Read More

8 years ago

How Volunteer Work Can Help You to Find Meaning in Your Life After 60

As young women, we found a great deal of meaning in our volunteer work. Then, life took over. As our energy shifted to our families, many of us found it increasingly difficult to stay engaged with the volunteer organizations that we loved. Read More

8 years ago

6 Amazing Volunteer Opportunities that Will Also Improve Your Social Life

Women over 60 have so much to offer the world! Over the last several years, I have had the opportunity to talk with 1000s of women in the Sixty and Me community and I am consistently amazed by the passion with which you are giving back and making a difference. Read More

8 years ago

This Retirement Home for Dogs Will Renew Your Faith in Humanity

I’ve always been an animal lover. For most of my life, my family has had dogs, cats, mice and an assortment of other creatures, common and exotic. Now, as a single woman in her 60s, I often consider getting a new dog. I imagine playing with her in the park. Read More

9 years ago

Boomer Role Models for the Millennial Grandchildren

We women in the Boomer generation have always been pioneering role models for our children. The majority of us have had successful lives – in our careers, at work, at-home, or both. We have a great many skills, knowledge, and experiences as well as time now to offer. So, now it is time for us to become role models for our millennial grandchildren, nieces and nephews, to show them how we/they can benefit the world. Let’s bring the generations together to do good in the world…

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9 years ago

Why Not Make a Difference in a Young Woman’s Life by Being a Mentor?

As women, we live complex and wonderful lives and accumulate wisdom through a wide range of experiences. The strange thing is that we sometimes don’t realize how much we’ve learned until we speak with a younger person and realize they are struggling with issues that we dealt with years ago. It’s not that we have all of the answers, but, we do have some perspective. Read More

9 years ago

Wondering What to Do in Retirement? Why Not Start With a Volunteer Vacation?

Retirement is wonderful. You’re able to say goodbye to long commutes, boring meetings and late nights at the office. You have plenty of time to do the things you enjoy. But what if plenty of time is actually too much time? Read More

9 years ago

Feeling Alone? These 6 Volunteering Websites Will Help You Make Friends

Loneliness is a huge issue for Baby Boomer women. Many women in their 60s are living alone and, while some of these women are enjoying their new found independence, others find themselves feeling like their lives lack purpose or direction without close social ties. In fact, in a recent Sixty and Me survey, 75% of the women in our community said that they are feeling alone. Read More

9 years ago

4 Ways Volunteering May be Help to Deal with Loneliness

One of the most important things that I learned from our survey on loneliness is that people who are dealing with loneliness are not starved for interaction – they are starved for intimacy. I don’t mean intimacy in a purely romantic or physical sense. Read More