Joyce, Age 70
My name is Joyce Henderson; I’m an African-American retired school teacher in the Philadelphia area and I just turned 70 last week. I found out about you guys from a book my son got me called “Things to Do When You Turn 70.” I’ve been retired for 15 years and I started volunteering in places that I was interested in: Coalition Against Hunger, Children’s Hospital, School library, ESL tutor. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. My husband passed away almost 5 years ago and my years of activity along with my church activities helped to ease the pain and loneliness. My husband always tried to surprise me with a party on my 50th birthday and my 60th birthday; but since he wasn’t here this year I planned my own 70th party and it was great! I had a Motown theme; my sisters and I were the Supremes; my guests came dressed in 70’s attire and we danced in the Soul Train line. I’ve been blessed with good health and I look forward to my next great event next year! Each year is a blessing and I feel especially blessed to have family and friends around. Three score and ten is starting out with a bang!