The New Senior Woman: Reinventing the Years Beyond Mid-life

Barbara M. Fleisher and Thelma Reese. Rowman & Littlefield, $34 (188p) ISBN 978-1-4422-2356-1
The later life of the senior woman today has little in common with her mother's or even grandmother's lives. To start she will live 20 to 30 years longer with better health, more vitality, and increased resources to affect changes in themselves as well as society. Fleisher and Reese, two retired professors turned bloggers, aim to help women navigate the unique realities of life after retirement in this day and age. The two approach the topic like the academics they once were—interviewing hundreds of women "with varied histories who examine their lives critically." The book collects and categorizes the wisdom of women already in the second half of their lives (one is 100 years old!) to provide inspiration and practical advice on such topics as how to live with adult children, downsize their homes, and embrace galloping technology. The authors do not avoid the unavoidable and most serious issues of aging:  separation and loss; however, at times they seem overly earnest or too optimistic.  And, even the elder chicks can slip into unintended ageism.  For example, in the chapter about downsizing they talk to a couple in their 80s moving to a retirement community in Florida.  "Even at their age," the authors write, Hannah H and her husband "had the spirit and courage to recognize that a change in lifestyle would be worth the effort." Minor pitfalls aside, Fleisher and Reese successfully provide direction and community for women 60-plus looking to reinvent their later life. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 01/20/2014
Release date: 10/01/2013
Paperback - 246 pages - 978-1-4422-4435-1
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