Suzanne Braun Levine, author of Fifty Is the New Fifty: Ten Life Lessons for Women in Second Adulthood, talked with Vibrant Nation about the challenge of making new friends after 50:
Making new friends is very hard at our age. It turns out that one of the reasons many women 50+ go back to school is not only to get the degree, but to make new friends. There are also many volunteer projects, group projects, churches, that enable people to connect.
Gloria Steinem has this wonderful idea that there should be something like Alcoholic Anonymous meetings in every city, but for friendship. Whether you move to a city, or are just passing through, you look in the newspaper and see where the meeting is, and you go, and it’s a meeting for sisterhood. And the same rules apply: Complete discretion and honesty and all of that. And you get your “friend fix.”
This is a real problem and women ask me about it the time. I would love to hear what Vibrant Nation members’ experiences have been.
Read Suzanne’s Vibrant Nation interview, Learning to say “no” and how it changed my life
What’s your advice for making new friends after 50? How do you get your “friend fix”?