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Pamela D. Blair
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Book Description

September 1, 2005

IS THERE LIFE AFTER HOT FLASHES?

Yes! According to Pamela Blair, psychotherapist and author of The Next Fifty Years! That person in the mirror is you and now is the time to understand and accept the external changes while making some internal changes. Make peace with yourself, embrace aspects of yourself that have been unexplored, and dive passionately into what you love!

There has never been a better time to be a woman over fifty. Embracing the celebratory essence of The Red Hat Society and Red Hot Mamas—while at the same time moving beyond them—The Next Fifty Years offers solutions and support. Included is a group study guide with outlines for creating a meaningful forum for thoughts, concerns, joys, frustrations, and—fun with your friends and peers.

Today’s woman is recognized as being far more complex and multidimensional than previous generations, fulfilling many roles in today's society. More than 150 short essays cover topics specific to women and aging, including:

  • self-image
  • mind
  • emotions
  • fears
  • relationships
  • spiritual self
  • creative self
  • finances
  • health

Also included is journaling space for you to write your own thoughts and feelings. Intended both as a personal journal and guide to the best years of your life, The Next Fifty Years can become a written legacy between generations of women—past, present, and to come.


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"This is a wonderful book--filled with useful exercises and spirit." --Sue Bender, author of Stretching Lessons, Plain and Simple, and Everyday Sacred

Product Details

  • Paperback: 333 pages
  • Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571744398
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571744395
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.9 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #559,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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97 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SHATTER YOUR AGING MYTHS September 24, 2005
Format:Paperback
This book has indeed encouraged me to re-envision my life for the years ahead. The essays by women who are successfully aging are short. There is room after each essay for journaling, answering specific question about the essay. This has made it possible for me to explore my beliefs about aging. I have made the book my own and have actually written on every page. The wide margins encourage note taking. Usually I will write in pencil so my material can be erased. In this book my comments are in ink. I have claimed the book as my own.

It is a book that I will give to my friends who are stuck in the myths of aging.

After reading this I know that I do not have to age like my Mother or Grandmother. My age now is 68 and I know now that I have many fulfilling years ahead of me.

This is the first interactive book i have seen on aging.
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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A think-and-do book for cronehood January 26, 2006
Format:Paperback
This book is well timed for the crossing over of us baby-boomer women into the seemingly formidable midlife threshold. It is a fun read that entices its reader to accompany-and, years hence, to revisit-it into a ripe and rich old age that (we like to think) makes the young-and-promising positively tremble with eager anticipation and even a little envy.

As our youth recedes, we gain in wisdom-or so we fervently hope. This book provides a nice direction on topics to start cogitating about, if we aren't already saying "me too" at their very mention. Both held true for this 50-something reviewer.

The journaling pages add a new dimension to the author's musings and down-to-earth advice about how aging affects cultural attitudes, relationship to self and others in our lives, and logistical concerns. The think-and-do format seems designed for those of us (such as myself) who whittle away seeming eternities in waiting rooms ripping out and filling in self-diagnostic tests from women's magazines. This book is written with avid readers of women's magazines in mind.

This format helps with journaling, an increasingly valuable skill to those whose need for verbal processing exceeds the capacity of even our closest friends, therapists, not to mention our sanity.

Ms. Blair offers much practical wisdom on stress management, the more than occasional need to say "no", how to prune out obsolete junk and simplify-even how to sell your house and create a more comfortable and manageable living space for yourself. The author takes some of the sting out of certain unpleasantries-such as the death of loved ones, working retirement, parenting "old" children, employers' prejudices against older workers-by articulating and describing them, and creating a guided journal entry.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love This Book!!! March 30, 2007
Format:Paperback
Picture sitting down to tea on a warm sunny porch in early spring with your favorite Aunt. She's honest, witty, full of important information delivered with love and affection which helps pave the way for your continuing growth and development. With The Next Fifty Years, Pamela Blair has officially become one of my favorite aunts, gently guiding me through the challenges of midlife with grace and humor. The essays, on every topic imaginable, are beautifully written and punctuated with fabulous quotes from women only. At the end of each essay, wonderfully thought-provoking questions transform this book into an interactive conversation where my journaled responses become part of the journey. Order this book, put the kettle on and pull up a cozy chair - you'll be glad you did!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Winner! November 7, 2005
Format:Paperback
This is a winner! Wise, pertinent advice for all women who are

aging- every topic covered to enable graceful, joyful, healthy,

sexy aging with ample opportunity to record personal thoughts.

Includes a useful format for workshops. Is is an outstanding

all inclusive compendium for all women. Buy it today!
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I turned 50 in February. April 7, 2007
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Excellent read. I bought several books on "turning 50 etc." This is the BEST. I'm sending it to my girlfriend, who turns 50 in April. It is a book about reality and the future and real people. Read it you will see you are not alone.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful, Thoughtful August 18, 2006
Format:Paperback
The Next Fifty Years is witty, smart, thoughtful, down to earth and yet

spiritual in it's gentleness. A perfect interactive workbook for my

midlife and older clients who are always looking to find and accept

their truth, improve their self esteem and be supported. Thank you,

Pamela Blair for your helpful guidance.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Workbook Sprinkled With Flashes of Humor August 3, 2008
Format:Paperback
I liked this workbook. It is comprehensive and divided into four sections: Thoughts, Cultural Attitudes and Myths about Women Aging; Who we are, Who and What We Live With; and Looking Forward. In her introduction, Blair suggests that we skip sections which do not apply to us. All of her short essays are followed by space in which to respond to questions such as "how does this feel?" or, more specifically, asking for a response to the issue addressed.

There were sections which did not pique my curiosity and I did read through those quickly. However, on a whole, the issues addressed are those which we, as women in the second half of life, should be thinking about. Her style gives us an opportunity for reflection, but does not ask us to spend hours thinking and writing. One could work through a section or even a few pages, put it down, pick it up and still follow the flow of the concepts.

Blair's book is intended to be used as a personal journal but could be used in a discussion/writing group following the study guide in the back or any other format deemed fitting for a group of women. It is well written researched and easy to follow.

The titles of her essays are enough to entice one to read. For example: Myths to Not Live By, Changing Tempo, Aging Can Be Fun? Ages and Stages and An Attitude of Gratitude. There is a long bibliography and a study guide. Her writing is pleasing and her flashes of humor and mini-stories about herself keep The Next Fifty Years from being a dry workbook. Blair feels that "we have an assignment to make clear our role in society: to inscribe the possibilities of age on the guideposts to the future."

by Judith Helburn
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reviewing books by, for, and about women
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not very deep
My 50th birthday occurs just around the corner and I was seeking a book to give me a preview of the new chapter in my life. Read more
Published on March 20, 2013 by jsfranklin7
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Good book for someone with aging fears. Answers all the questions. Very good advice and I would recommend it to anyone.
Published on January 11, 2013 by Cindy Weber
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
I don't like this book at all. First it's too big - page size. Second the information is a wasted expense. Wish I could get my money back.
Published on September 17, 2012 by M. Akin
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource!
I found this book to be very well written, easy to follow, combination text/work book organized to perfection. An excellent tool, would highly recommend!
Published on February 13, 2012 by abd10149
3.0 out of 5 stars a little dissapointing
I ordered this book a few years ago and only now getting around to reading it, perhaps the book is showing its age! Read more
Published on July 10, 2011 by Dinner Plain
5.0 out of 5 stars a soothing companion on my bedside table
I recently picked up "The Next Fifty Years" by Pamela Blair, PhD and I just love its bite-sized wisdom and wide array of interesting topics. Read more
Published on September 14, 2009 by Persephone Zill
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking Forward
I hadn't been paying much attention to the fact I was over 50. Then I started to feel a lack of energy. This book caught my eye and my response was "50 more years of this? Read more
Published on September 5, 2009 by Pamela Cucinell
3.0 out of 5 stars The Next Fifty Years
This book has some information I was looking for, but I am having trouble applying the information to myself.
Published on January 30, 2009 by Sheila Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Next Fifty Years
This is a fantastic book and a great reference to help you get through some of the challenging times as we age (most of the challenges are in our head). Read more
Published on August 30, 2008 by Marie Toth
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-read for women 50+
Thought-provoking, comprehensive, and chock full of pertinent information, Pamela Blair's book is an invaluable guide for the woman crossing over to midlife. Read more
Published on June 29, 2008 by Chloe Giampaolo
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Pamela D. Blair is a psychotherapist, motivational speaker, author and life coach with a private practice online or in person in Shelburne, VT. For a complete bio on Pamela D. Blair go to www.pamblair.com

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