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AARP Love and Meaning After 50: The 10 Challenges to Great Relationships—and How to Overcome Them

by Julia L. Mayer, PsyD and Barry J. Jacobs, PsyD




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2021 Winner: Gold Nautilus Award

“Doctors Mayer and Jacobs use their clinical wisdom and storytelling abilities to bring to life the challenges for couples as they age. Their advice will help strengthen long-term relationships to combat the rising trend of gray divorce.” —Janis Abrahms Spring, author of After the Affair and Life with Pop

With couples divorcing at higher rates than any previous generation, and longer life spans leaving people unwilling to settle for an unsatisfying partner, it’s more important than ever to refocus and strengthen your relationship. The question is, how?

In AARP Love and Meaning After 50, a husband-and-wife team of psychologists, Julia Mayer and Barry Jacobs— who have more than 50 years of experience between them — identify the most common challenges to sustaining loving relationships:

The empty nest  • Extended family
• Finances • Infidelity
• Retirement • Downsizing and relocating
• Sex • Health concerns
• Caregiving • Loss of loved ones

AARP Love and Meaning After 50 offers insights and anecdotes, do-it-yourself assessments and follow-up exercises, along with tips for connecting during difficult times. With this book, you’ll find deeper meaning and greater satisfaction for the decades ahead — together.