WOW: Women's Older Wisdom
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Political Madness, My Granddaughter, #metoo, Xmas & Ai Weiwei

Political Ups and Downs I’m proud of Mainers for not letting up on Collins, visiting her offices across the state and jamming her phone lines to insist that she vote against the Draconian tax bill. I’m proud of Alabama’s African [...]

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Combatting Ageism10

14 Principles for Thoughtful Aging

After blogging about aging for over two years now I challenged myself to come up with guidelines for thoughtful aging. I’ve distilled into 14 principles what I’ve learned from life experience, reading, talking with close friends and interviews with wise women. Embrace Your Failures During the 1970’s when I was studying family therapy, [...]

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Alexandra Merrill: Aging Meaningfully

  “I’m not done with my transformation.” Alexandra Merrill, on the cusp of 80, quoting Stanley Kunitz in his poem, The Layers, which he wrote upon turning 90.   Zanda, as she is called, embodies aging meaningfully. I’m proposing substituting “aging meaningfully” with the commonly used phrase “aging successfully,” [...]

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Celebrating the WOW Facebook Community

Today marks my 100th posting since launching WOW in August 2015. WOW came about when, looking for resources for my course “Women and Aging,” I goggled “blogs for older women.”  To my dismay the vast majority consisted of advice on how to dress younger, lure a man, up your sex drive, cosmetic surgery and the like. In other words, how [...]

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Yes, You Can Teach An Old Dog New Tricks!

“Don’t bother trying to explain that to her. She’s too old to get it.” This is typical of the way older adults are dismissed in our youth-obsessed culture, which stereotypes older people as too set in their ways to change. Hold on! I’m in my eighth decade. I’m anything but set in my ways. I continue to find new challenges to keep [...]

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Don’t You Dare Call Me OLD!

I have never witnessed anything quite like it: the adverse, often combative reactions many older women have to the label of “old woman.” In my classes, “Women and Aging,” when I suggest that we adopt with pride the label “old woman” to counter the negative images of the aging woman, invariably most of the class will adamantly resist–this [...]

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