Our book is here!

70Candles! Women Thriving in Their 8th Decade

by Jane Giddan & Ellen Cole—Available now!

We are proud to announce the arrival of our book, 70Candles! Women Thriving in Their 8th Decade. It’s offered by Taos Institute Publishing and is available in paperback and as a Kindle download.
Here’s a brief description:
As we turned 70, we, Jane and Ellen, friends since childhood, set out to investigate how women our age and older were living their lives. We sought role models for ourselves and messages for the droves of baby boomers on our heels. We were curious about the challenges and joys of our age-mates, their work and retirement status, living arrangements, family and social connections, and more. It was clear they were not like their own grandmothers who sat in rocking chairs knitting. But what was the new normal?
This book, informative and even inspirational, describes what we found in our reading, our ongoing 70candles.com blog, and in the 70candles conversation groups we held in various parts of the U.S. Although we’ve have taken somewhat different paths, we agree that turning 70 and entering their eighth decade has, indeed, been momentous. “Welcome to old age.” We and our peers have found this new era exciting, sometimes scary, but full of opportunity. As developmental psychologists speak of life’s stages and phases and rites of passage, the purpose of this book is the recognition that 70 is something important, part of an intriguing new stage of life, not just a birthday like any other.
70Candles! is aimed at all women approaching 70 and in their 70’s and those interested in this journey—men, women, family and friends.
We hope you will check it out and pass this news on to others who might find it of interest.
Some early reviews:
“It may be strange to say this about a practical guidebook on woman and aging but this one is pure delight ― uplifting, engaging and alive with the voices of wise women. My favorites are the 95-year-old who has a martini every night and goes barefoot as much as possible, and Nina, the futuristic woman whom the authors conjure as the strong, self-sufficient oldie all of us can become with the aid of technology. In 2016, the baby boomers start turning 70. No woman should take that leap without 70Candles! at her bedside.”
―Letty Cottin Pogrebin, author of Getting Over Getting Older
’70Candles! offers wonderful wisdom, advice, and practical tips for making the most of life after seventy. In stark contrast to gloomy media portraits of aging, the authors show us how the later years can be filled with joy, excitement, and vibrant living. A book for every older person – and everyone who will become one!”
―Karl Pillemer, Ph.D., author of 30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans
To order: taosinstitute.net/70candles
E-Book (Kindle) version available attention  the above link also.
A Taos Institute Publication, Tempo Series

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15 Responses to Our book is here!

  1. http://www./ says:

    Clearing my workspace and to do lists and settling in for the new year. Since one of my goals this year is to only handle things once, I started the work year cleaning out my inbox, shredding, and filing.

  2. I would love to feature your book on my blog aboomerslifeafter50.com — please take a look and LMK if you are interested in doing an interview. I read the NYT piece by Jane Brody and really enjoyed it. Inspirational for those who are following your path.

  3. Blog Mavens says:

    A wonderful discussion about aging and our book, by Jane Brody in The New York Times 4-26-16

    Here’s the link so you can read it yourself;


  4. This is SO SO SO COOL! I am so impressed that your Capstone became this book, and it’s already making a difference in the world. Kudos and congratulations and mazel tov and eureka … so happy on so many levels that this book has found its audience, and will continue to do so.

  5. Nancy says:

    Your book link doesn’t work!

    • Blog Mavens says:

      Thanks for the heads up Nancy,

      Try this link for the book:


      If that doesn’t work, you can just type in the URL yourself. That will get you to the Taos Institute ordering page.

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  13. Betty Fabich says:


    This is such a great idea. I know all of us nearing 70 have all of these feelings and more. I just kind of wandered on this 70’s .com and found exactly what I was yearning for. Thank you! It made this 69 year old feel so much better.
    Soldier on!!!


  14. Blog Mavens says:

    70Candles! Women Thriving in Their 8th Decade is also available on Amazon.com in print and as a Kindle download. Once you read it, you can write a review there to let others know what you think about it.
    Jane and Ellen

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