Tag Archives: social relationships

  1. Challenges of Aging Alone

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    November 28, 2019 by Jean

    Since I last posted here about my friend with the degenerative illness, my life has been taken over by a …
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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Marches and Musicals

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    May 2, 2017 by Jean

    This past weekend, I stepped outside my comfort zone to participate in two events. The first was the People’s Climate …
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  6. Generational Transition

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    January 30, 2017 by Jean

    I have a vivid memory from my grandmother’s funeral in 1975. She had died at age 85, the last of …
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  7. Help From Friends

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    November 28, 2016 by Jean

    I recently joined a Facebook group for “elder orphans” – older people without spouses, partners or children. This is a …
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  8. Social Relationships, Social Media, and Politics

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    August 1, 2016 by Jean

    During my working years, I steadfastly resisted Facebook. I had some social media presence with my blogs, and for several …
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  9. Social Class, Social Etiquette and Social Anxiety

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    June 5, 2016 by Jean

    I was surprised when several readers responded to my recent post on friendship by saying that I seem to have …
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  10. 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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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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