Tag Archives: single women

  1. Social Isolation, Social Engagement, and Networks of Support

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    September 30, 2018 by Jean

    At last week’s meeting of my Solo Seniors support group, the discussion turned to the topic of social isolation. As …
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  2. Solo Seniors: The Courage to Change the Things I Can

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    July 21, 2018 by Jean

    I try to live by the philosophy of the serenity prayer. I’m probably best at the second part, “the courage …
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  3. Homeowner Stresses and Social Support

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    August 20, 2017 by Jean

    Owning a home can be a source of great pleasure, but maintaining a house can be very stressful. The stress …
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  4. The Unexpected Flowering of New Friendships

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    May 31, 2016 by Jean

    When I contemplated retirement, I expected it to be a time for the flowering of friendship. I was looking forward …
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  5. Living Alone

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    May 11, 2015 by Jean

    My experience of retirement is strongly shaped by the fact that I live alone. This is not an unusual experience, …
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  6. A Community of Caring

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    July 22, 2014 by Jean

    Last week, my friend Atsuko Hirai died at home, having lived six months longer than the most optimistic prognosis she …
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  7. Retirement Preview: The Temptation to Be a Hermit

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    June 4, 2013 by Jean

    It has been two weeks since I arrived in Maine for the summer. This is the last year that I …
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I am Jean Potuchek, a professional sociologist who has just stepped into the next phase of my life, retirement, after more than thirty years of college teaching. This blog is about my experience of that new phase of life.

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