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Celebrating fifty : women share their experiences, challenges, and insights on becoming 50
Blaker, Karen.
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Chicago, IL : Contemporary Books, [1990]

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173 pages ; 24 cm
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HQ1059.5.U5 B53 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Years ago, 50-year-olds were considered "over the hill," people on their way to retirement or, given past life-expectancy rates, even death. It just ain't so, anymore, and Blaker's readable and reassuring (if nonscientific) guide does a nice job of putting women on the road to graceful, productive mature years. Blaker's text is based on her interviews with 200 women between the ages of 47 and 54, those approaching the "magic number" and those who have already struggled with the emotional and physical changes that come with 50. The reactions she elicited were typical: concern about the aging process and sexual activity, desire for companionship or community (especially, though not exclusively, in the cases of widows and divorcees), yearnings to fulfill old dreams, and the fear of entering into new life roles (e.g., caregivers to aging parents). Blaker adds to the interview responses by offering words in support of the positive aspects of growing older and citing current literature that points the way to healthy, happy, and fulfilled post-50 years. In the midst of a Baby Boomer age, when the media apparently needs to tell us that being 40 is perfectly fine, this understanding volume strikes some welcome blows for the 50-isn't-futile-yet set. List of readings; survey questionnaire. ~--Martin Brady