Alison Michael, 55+ Life publisher
Alison Michael, 55+ Life publisher. Photo by Saratoga Portrait Studio/Becky Miller.

Publisher’s Note, Spring 2023

Life is better with friends.

Do you ever catch yourself thinking about childhood friends that maybe you lost touch with and wonder where they are now? You’re not alone. Friendships change over the years. Some come and go; others stick for life. One thing that is always constant is the way friendships enrich our lives.

Friendships and social connection are vital to our longevity and quality of life. They help us grow, motivate us, and teach us something about life itself. I have always said it’s not about the quantity of friends as much as it is about the quality of the friendships you have and cultivate over the years — an idea that rings even more true as we age.

I’m finding myself initiating friendships with people significantly younger and older than me and I value the ways both enrich my life. Explore making friends over 50, the value of multi-generational friendships, and how happiness is critical for healthy aging. 

Spring is the perfect time to renew yourself after a long winter and I can’t think of a better way to treat yourself than a spa getaway. Relax, renew and refresh your mind and body. Even better? Do the getaway with a friend.

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