As women grow older, life usually does not get easier. Despite this, most women in their 60s and 70s report feeling deeply happy and filled with gratitude.

As women grow older, life usually does not get easier. Despite this, most women in their 60s and 70s report feeling deeply happy and filled with gratitude.

By 2030, one fifth of Americans will be 65 or older. And by 2024, a quarter of American workers will be 55 or older.

But some older people, women especially, say they’re having trouble keeping a foothold in the workplace. Even if they’ve done outstanding work in the past.

One woman, going by an assumed name, told her story to the Harvard Business Review.

At the age of 64, Jane* had worked as a bartender at a neighborhood bar for more than a decade. The bar was being sold, however, and the buyers told Jane that she was too old to be a bartender, disparaging her age and gender in front of other employees and customers before the sale was finalized. They did not keep her on, and instead hired significantly younger women. Jane has since filed suit for age and gender discrimination.

As women grow older, life usually does not get easier. Loss of friends and family becomes common. Finances may be uncertain. And women’s bodies and minds can become devalued by society. Despite this, most women in their 60s and 70s report feeling deeply happy and filled with gratitude.

We talk to psychologist Mary Pipher and author and advocate Elizabeth White about how women can flourish financially and emotionally after age 55, no matter what life brings.

Guests

  • Mary Pipher Psychologist; author of ten books, including, "Reviving Ophelia," "Another Country," and most recently: "Women Rowing North"
  • Elizabeth White Advocate; former non-profit executive; author, "55, Underemployed, and Faking Normal"; @55fakingnormal

An Excerpt From Elizabeth White's Book

Excerpt from 55, UNDEREMPLOYED, AND FAKING NORMAL by Elizabeth White

Copyright © 2019 by Elizabeth White. Reprinted by permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc, NY.

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Great Resources for Older Americans You’ve Never Heard Of

Advocate and author Elizabeth White says these are some of her favorite resources to help older Americans with finances, staying social and engaged in your community, ageism and more.

The Age of No Retirement aims to shatter age-related barriers and ageist stereotypes to create an age -inclusive future.  What I love: Based in the UK, this site, through its articles and essays gives a compelling portrait of what an age-inclusive society could look like.

BoomerWorks offers coaching and workshops to older adults to help them find work in the new gig economy. What I love:  Guard rails for exploring the gig economy if your only experience is traditional 9-5 work.

Encore  matches skilled, seasoned professionals with social purpose organizations in high impact, paid transitional assignments. What I love: Big proponents of intergenerational work and living, which will be the new norm of the future.

National Shared Housing Resource Center is a clearinghouse for people who are looking for shared-housing support organizations in their communities to help them find a housemate. What I love: It is different from some other roommate finding services because it focuses on mature adults.

Peace Corps Response sends experienced professionals to undertake short-term, high impact service assignments in communities around the world. What I love: Sometimes getting far, far away is the break we need to go the next step. And while, not for everyone, Peace Corps covers housing, pays a modest stipend, and has no age limit.

Radical Age Movement is a national nonprofit based in New York City dedicated to confronting ageism in all its forms through education, raising consciousness, social action and the creation of a national network of RAM chapters. What I love: We’re going to need a movement, and here is a place to stick a flag. Love the idea of local RAM chapters.

Senior Planet is the first tech-themed resource for people sixty and up who are living and aging with attitude. What I love: I saw the quote recently “get up out of your rocking chair and leave it to someone who needs it.” If Senior Planet had a motto that would be it.

Troops to Teachers is a Department of Defense program designed to assist eligible military personnel who want to teach in public schools as their second career. What I love: Being able to adapt current skills and experiences to new purposes/causes.

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