In NextTribe, an online and real-life community for women co-founded by Jeannie Ralston, life starts after 45.
Here’s an ironic twist to getting older: Just after you get your kids through their adolescence—Surprise!—you end up in a second adolescence of your own. At least that’s how the menopausal, post-kids phase feels to a lot of us. The two life stages have a lot in common: raging hormones, self-doubt, recklessness, tumultuous relationships and the looming question of what we will do with the rest of our lives.
The thing that got us through our teen years, if you remember back,was a gang of die-hard friends. And research and good sense tell us that’s what will get us through the years when the weight of birthday candles could sink a cake.
We truly believe new bonds like this can change lives. Study after study has found having a strong social network keeps people healthier, reducing the risk of devastating diseases such as dementia and heart ailments, and boosting recovery rates for those who do become sick. Even if we have men in our lives, we think it’s important to go through this stage with those who have the same swinging moods and sagging body parts.
Our test market for this concept is Austin because Lori and I have lived in Central Texas for 20-plus years. If all goes well here, we’ll take the idea to other cities. Members of our real-life social network will be able to take part in classes, excursions and a host of social and cultural events, sometimes related to articles published on the site. Often, our members will get discounted tickets and goodies because companies and restaurants recognize women our age have deep pockets and discerning taste.
purposes, but as the first step toward friendship.