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Do you ever feel you’re too old for love? When you’re an older adult who’s been divorced, widowed, or never married, the possibility of being in love may seem impossible. Meet Regina Dreyer Thomas who at 75 found herself in a loving relationship. Regina is a very curious person; she wondered if others her age had similar experiences, so she created a survey and sent it to retirement communities, senior centers, and acquaintances. She analyzed the results, wrote a book, Love & Successful Aging When You're 70+ and Single, self-published it, and it can be purchased in print or as an e-book. And what have you done lately?
When I first read Regina’s book, I was immediately struck by how relevant it is to people in their 50’s and 60’s. When you’re in love at 25, you have your whole lives ahead of you to cultivate a future. You genuinely believe you can change the other person’s habits, plan your future, and save the world. Things happen like divorce or the death of a spouse. Now you’re in your 40’s, 50’s, or 60’s and in love again. And things are very different.
Regina is now 80 and has been on a media roll with publicity. Regina says that love’s evolution over time teaches the value of time itself. “When you’re younger, you fall in love physically and you’re envisioning a future with this person,” she relates. “When you’re older, you’re not envisioning a future because your past is certainly much, much greater, so you have to think about the present, and stay in the present.” Don’t miss this fascinating lady and what she has to say about the need for love throughout our lives. After the interview, go to After Hours at Jersey Coastal Live for additional information.
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