Category Archives: Work life and retirement

No longer shy about retiring

Ellen, Age 76 I’ve long been afraid of my own retirement, partly because I’d lose what I love to do, and I couldn’t imagine who I’d be if I weren’t employed. Most of all, I wondered and worried how I’d … Continue reading

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Giving to others brings the best satisfaction

Sherry, Age 69 I am 69, looking forward to any day that Mother Nature allows. I have been a nurse for 42 years and by helping people, I learned that, by giving, I am getting many rewards. I went on … Continue reading

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Am I insane for taking all this on, or should I just keep on trucking?

Noel,  Age 70 I must be in complete denial. I am 70, will be 71 in December. I have broken my femur, two wrists, a pelvic fracture 11 years ago, and breast cancer when I was 57. This week, I … Continue reading

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Feeling lonely and struggling with ageism

Diane,  Age 71 Thank you, Jane and Ellen for allowing me to share. First of all, my heart goes out to Lois (“My 70’s Story”) for what she was faced with and for her courage in dealing with it. I … Continue reading

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My life’s purpose became clear

Barbara,  Age 70 I retired 2 ½ years ago and recently turned 70. I have always looked for meaning in my life, and found it in my work. But it’s been a struggle finding day-to-day purpose in retirement. I love … Continue reading

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A baby boomer’s guide

  Dixie, Almost 73 In the words of Dr.Seuss, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” January 5, 2017, I’ll celebrate my 73rd birthday. I’ve always been very up front with my age and more than a little … Continue reading

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Too stubborn to let this get me down

Cherrie, Age 69 Hello. Who knew 70 would feel so lonely. I’m retired advanced practice nurse, for about two years. Still miss the patients and staff. Recently had a total knee replacement surgery and doing well. Except, it has brought … Continue reading

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Looking forward to NOT being ambitious

Yvonne, Age 65 First, thank you for starting this blog! It is a great service to we women at or approaching our 8th decade. I am a clinical psychologist like Ellen. I feel very blessed to have had such a … Continue reading

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Feeling old and scared-reaching out

Noel, Age 69 Having a bit of a struggle with my third act – just fractured my femur and had to put new career plans on hold, in addition to being unable to ride my horse. Graduating soon with a … Continue reading

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Antidote to retirement malaise

Deborah,  Just turned 70 Sometime during the night after midnight, I turned 70 years old! Wow, how did that happen so fast? In the days leading up to this event, I found myself in a sort of a funk and … Continue reading

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