1. Community Spirit

    Food for Thought Community Spirit To be part of a community is a core element of being human. By almost every measure we are born to be social beings and are social beings throughout our lives. We are also raised to be in community with others. Our families are our first community. In our families, …Read More

  2. Mothering

    Food for Thought Mother’s Day has an unparalleled significance for most women. It has significance for every one of us, whether we ourselves are mothers or not. All of us have or had, mothers at one time. Whether loyal or abandoning, nurturing, or abusive, still living or dead, we all had mothers.…Read More

  3. Accepting Change

    Food for Thought How do we work with and accept the changes that are constantly occurring in our lives? What does it even mean to “accept change”? We all know that changes are constantly occurring both within our bodies and in the outside world. Change is sometimes dramatic, sometimes gradual, s…Read More

  4. Resilience

    Resilience is our most important emotional and psychological resource at times of uncertainty, crisis and disorientation. Resilience is the ability to cope psychologically and emotionally with crises and disasters in ways that allow us to maintain as much emotional equilibrium and internal personal …Read More

  5. Coping with the Pandemic

    Sharing Our Wisdom Coping with the Pandemic This has been a startling few weeks. Just a short time ago no one anticipated that an extremely contagious and life-threatening virus would arise and proliferate around the world and in the U.S. It appears that we are still experiencing the first wave of t…Read More

  6. Asking for Help

    Sharing Our Wisdom As women grow older, one of the most difficult challenges we face is asking for and accepting help from other people. Most women have assumed roles of incredible and relentless responsibility throughout their lives. These responsibilities include helping the families we grew up in…Read More

  7. Ageism

    Ageism is one of the biggest challenges we confront as women becoming older. Ageism refers to discrimination and prejudice based on age. The older we become, the greater the prejudice seems to be. It seems like there is a “magic age”, usually in our 50s or 60s when we start being perceived by ot…Read More

  8. Where We Live

    There is enormous variability in the living situations of women as we become older. Women’s living situations are strongly influenced by socioeconomic status, geographic and family circumstances, health needs and declines in physical and cognitive abilities. These choices also depend on whether wo…Read More

  9. Embracing our Wisdom

    Sharing Our Wisdom It seems that the older we become the more interesting wisdom becomes to us. Some of us developed this interest early, perhaps during our teenage years, but many of us develop this curiosity later in life as we accumulate life experiences and try to make sense of them. Wisdom is a…Read More

  10. Sources of Joy

    Food for Thought As we age, we continue to seek sources of joy in our lives. Sometimes it seems that finding joy is more difficult as we reach and move beyond certain milestone events and decades, and in fact, this is probably true for most of us. It is hard to enter the next year or the next decade…Read More