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In the Media – Tips for making friendships after 50 (Michigan Prime)

Published: August 19, 2016 | Last Updated: August 19, 2016 By | 1 Reply Continue Reading
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It’s vitally important to make friends after 50. So what are some practical tips for going about it?

Most experts agree that supportive friendships are essential to our health and emotional well-being. But making friends at midlife can be especially daunting. Often, fear gets in the way. It may be the fear it’s too late to make new friends. Or it may be the fear of possible rejection after taking the initiative .

For an article in the February 2016 issue of Michigan Prime (a supplement to the Sunday Detroit News and Free Press), essay and feature writer Cindy La Ferle interviewed several experts—as well as real people over the age of 50 facing these challenges. Her article distills some practical advice.

She writes:

From Lucy and Ethel to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the “best friend” partnership is often idealized in pop culture. Yet it’s unrealistic to expect one person to meet all of your friendship needs, warns Irene S. Levine.

It’s wiser to build a team of friends, including, say, the empathetic listener, the shopping buddy, the political ally, the fellow film buff, and the pal who loves sports or pets as much as you do.

La Ferle’s article goes on to offer seven tips on How to Be A Good Friend. These tips will be useful both to those struggling to make new friends and those who want to maintain these vital ties.

You can read this article in its entirety on La Ferle’s website, where you’ll find other interesting essays and lifestyle articles.

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  1. Denise says:

    I’ve done all of it: Initiate, Engage, Communicate, Reciprocate, Support, Respect, Affirm and still have no one. I believe keeping a foundation of at least common interests is important, so my options are limited. How about an article for people who follow this list and still only get superficial connections from others?

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