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Tina B. Tessina, PhD, LMFT psychotherapist and author
"At last, a book for 40+ women that does not focus on growing old gracefully, but on finishing the process of growing up, finally becoming a fully actualized adult. The suggestions Tina Tessina offers for creating a more fulfilling life particularly speak to the modern, mature woman." -- Isadora Alman, syndicated "Ask Isadora" columnist and author.
In a clear step by step guide, Dr. Tessina demonstrates how a woman over forty can make her own best decisions in: *taking on a new role in the family *caring for aging parents *revitalizing a career -- breaking through the glass ceiling, beting the stereotype of the "older employee", and deciding whether to change jobs or start a business. *revitalizing friendships and family connections and building new ones. * staying fit and healthy *managing finances to plan for the future. *discovering, accepting and maximizing a new mature self, creating meaning, purpose and fun in life, achieving balance, and "giving something back".
Around the age of forty,we develop a new set of expectations. Forty represents mid-life. Psychologists speak of "mid-life crisis", a phrase generally used to describe the experience of men. But what of women? Women who are afraid of aging approach forty with dread, but many women, who have devoted their lives to raising children and caring for others, or who have focused on making a success of their careers, secretly see forty as a new opportunity. At forty, it is possible to view life from a new perspective. You have goals and aspirations yet to achieve, but you also realize you're not getting any younger. Forty is a time for readjusting your focus, and for getting your whole act together. If you do, you'll remove the fear that comes with passing forty, and open a new vista of freedom and opportunity for yourself.
This book is offered in the spirit of sharing the experience that years of working, living and counseling women have taught me. Life requires different decisions after forty, and often even a whole new perspective. Here's how to evaluate your life as it is, and as you would like it to be. As you learn to make and implement these decisions, I know you will soon see the benefits of taking control of your life after forty. Of course, you must decide which of these decisions apply to your life now. You will find a treasure of ideas and solutions here. It is my hope that this book will become a companion for the coming years, helping you to make smart decisions about each life circumstance as it arrives.