Making friends across groups key to aging

“The saddest thing about getting very old is that you outlive all your friends.” That was said to me many years ago by Evelyn, the 95-year-old mother of my closest friend. Her advice was, “Start making friends with people 20 years younger than you are once you hit your 70s.” 
Evelyn was quite a dame. She outlived two husbands and an endless string of boyfriends. When I was visiting her at her condo in Florida in assisted living that time, I asked her if she had a current boyfriend. She answered, “I have the only one here but he isn’t much.”

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