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Friendships

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.

7 Ways to Foster Honest Conversation in Troubling Times
3 months ago

7 Ways to Foster Honest Conversation in Troubling Times

We’re programmed to face chin up and cheerful into whatever life brings. The etiquette of our upbringing in the 50s and 60s warned that people don’t want to hear our problems, only to exchange pleasantries and move along…
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The Power of Rediscovering Childhood Friends After 60
3 months ago

The Power of Rediscovering Childhood Friends After 60

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It took me 50 years to discover the power of a childhood friend. It all started when I was shipped off to sleep away camp in the summer of 1969 and met Betsy Brown. By 1975 we were already too old for camp. Would we still be friends…
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The Importance of Choosing Good Friends After 60
4 months ago

The Importance of Choosing Good Friends After 60

Lately, I’ve been thinking a great deal about friendships. Friends and social acquaintances are a big and important part of a woman’s life. Therefore, it remains vital, as we age, not to let those relationships slip away. It’s so easy to get caught up in other life events. Read More

What Living in Mexico Taught Me About the Meaning of Friendship
4 months ago

What Living in Mexico Taught Me About the Meaning of Friendship

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Covid-19 put the brakes on our lives and changed the rules of social engagement practically overnight. Have some things changed forever, like how we worked and the way we shopped? Will it have any permanent effect on how we stay…
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Different Kinds of Friends and What They Mean to Us
5 months ago

Different Kinds of Friends and What They Mean to Us

Almost everybody has friends. It is part of life to have them. Some of us have loads and some have very few, but we all feel that they are important in our lives. And we all know who our friends are. They are people who are not our family…
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When Breaking Up with Friends Is Hard but Necessary
5 months ago

When Breaking Up with Friends Is Hard but Necessary

Friendships with women are what get a lot of us through life. On TV, in movies, and on the Net, friendship is exalted and even elevated to the level of one’s “tribe.” But in real life, people can betray confidences, fail to come through…
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Social Media, Emotional Residue, and Friendships
5 months ago

Social Media, Emotional Residue, and Friendships

If you Google emotional residue it talks about the scientific study of how strong emotions in a space can be detected by others even after the person feeling the emotion is no longer there. The whole concept of “bad vibes” appears…
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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. For example, life giveth plantar fasciitis and taketh away fashionable footwear….
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6 Powerful Ways to Communicate Without Saying Anything
7 months ago

6 Powerful Ways to Communicate Without Saying Anything

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One of the most powerful ways to communicate with one another is through non-verbal language. Read More

The Life-Sustaining Value of Female Friendship During Covid
7 months ago

The Life-Sustaining Value of Female Friendship During Covid

For most women, friends form the basis of our well-being. Sure, our partners may be on the front line, but, particularly for women over 60, friendships have great emotional heft. They form the basis of our social life and contribute…
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