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May 5, 2015
Why Female Friends Are So Important For Older Women
By far the most powerful message imparted in our 70Candles conversation groups has been the importance of other women in the lives of our participants. Women emphasized over and over again the strength they receive through their ties to other women. They value and trust their women friends, often -- in the case, for example, of widowhood, or a spouse's disability -- considering them a lifeline.


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April 15, 2015
Over 50 and Back in College, Preparing for a New Career
A MONTH before turning 60, Helen White received her master’s degree in sport management at George Washington University, and now teaches basketball and pickleball and organizes recreational programs and tournaments for older adults throughout the Washington area. “I wanted to change the stereotype of older adults by getting them to move and enjoy the power of play,” Ms. White said. “The degree opened opportunities for me to do that.” In a way, it was a back-to-her-roots time for Ms. White, who played basketball and tennis competitively throughout her high school and college years, obtaining her first degree in physical education and recreation. But it was also a bet on her future after leaving AARP, where she had been a manager of information services. Ms. White, who lives in Arlington, Va., spent about $24,000 as a part-time student for four years to prepare for her new life.
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April 15, 2015
Is Shared Living Right for You?
Have you ever considered living like The Golden Girls? Seriously! While the TV sitcom featuring four fabulous female housemates has been off the air for decades, the lifestyle inspired by the show is a growing national trend. Demographic data reveal that in the wake of the recession shared living for mature adults is on the rise. In 2000, there were 820,000 households where single people ages 46 to 64 shared housing with non-relatives, according to Bowling Green State University’s Center for Family and Demographic Research.
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April 15, 2015
Second Blooming:
Be a Successful Woman

“You keep raising the bar,” Gina told me. “What do you mean?” I asked.. “No matter what you’ve accomplished, you raise the bar on yourself.” This exchange happened at my writers’ group when I posed the question, “I will feel successful…” for our writing exercise. I chose the topic because I was getting ready to lead a discussion on what success means for women and how they achieve it. My own response to the writing exercise included: when my new book is published; when I sell enough books to cover my costs; when I update Second Blooming for Women for a second edition.
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March 9, 2015
The Financial Pros and Cons of Getting Married Later in Life
When you start a relationship later in life, does it make sense to marry or move in together? Answer: It’s complicated.
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