This past August I spent a week in a rented two-family house in Belmar, NJ with members of my family. It was a beautiful house with a large wrap-around porch in a very quiet neighborhood. As I sat in one of the fatly-stuffed cushioned chairs that ringed the porch I couldn't help but think how different my first Belmar summer house experience was nearly three decades earlier.
Since women over 60 care deeply about keeping their brains healthy as they age, I decided to take a trip down memory lane and explore the six decades that have shaped women who are just now reaching retirement. As you read, I encourage you to take a pause after each section and try to visualize what your life was like. What are your strongest memories of each time period?
Wen you're done reading the letters that relate to you, you'll read the other ones and realize that the guy next to you in science class, the girl busting her ass leading the dance squad, the kids smoking just off of school property -- those people aren't as different from you as you think. Maybe you could even be friends.