AARP LOVE AND MEANING AFTER 50
The 10 Challenges to Great Relationships - and How You Can Overcome Them
Barry Jacobs and Julia Mayer, a husband-wife team of psychologists with more than 50 years of combined clinical experience helping individuals and couples, address the 10 most common challenges of sustaining loving relationships and emotional wellness in our 50s, 60s, and beyond.
- The Empty Nest: How can you shift from an intense focus on children and turn more toward your partner?
- Diminished wealth and cutbacks in spending: How can you agree to live more modestly to stretch limited income and joint savings over longer expected lifespans?
- Need for caregiving: If caring for your partner, how can you still feel well cared for and loved -- even when you feel you're giving more than you're getting?
- Slow drift and detachment: Spouses who have long-held resentments, difficulties resolving disagreements, and little tolerance of each other's bad habits often drift over the years into emotionally distant arrangements of parallel co-existence rather than living the life of fully engaged partners. How can this be avoided?
Dr. Julia L. Mayer is a clinical psychologist, and has been doing individual and couples therapy for more than a quarter century. She has a busy full-time private practice in Media, Pennsylvania, where she specializes in women's issues, including relationship concerns, sexual abuse, eating disorders, caregiving, and aging. She has done readings and given talks at libraries, art galleries, clinical supervision groups, retirement communities, and graduate programs in clinical psychology. She also previously published an article in the APA journal, Family, Systems and Health.
Dr. Barry J. Jacobs is a clinical psychologist, family therapist, and long-time journalist and writer. He works as the Director of Behavioral Sciences for the Crozer-Keystone Family Medicine Residency Program in Springfield, Pennsylvania, and has had adjunct faculty positions with the Temple University School of Medicine, the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, and the Department of Psychology of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University and his Doctor of Psychology degree from the Hahnemann/Widener Universities.
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