Over 50s Lifestyle Vlogcast

Build Your Village: A Guide to Finding Joy & Community in Every Stage of Life.

July 18, 2023

We hear that you need a Village to raise a child but that is also true for people of any age.

Studies indicate that 1 in 5 Americans always or often feel lonely or socially isolated, and the adverse effects of loneliness reportedly become more debilitating the older we get. According to Caregiver Resources, there has been an upward trend in elderly isolation in the past 5 years; the ramifications include cognitive decline, depression, and immune deficiency.  

Lost in seclusion, older folks—especially those who have lost a spouse, live alone, or suffer from declining mobility—seem to be having trouble connecting again. Without directions, many cannot seem to find their way back to their “village.” 

Where are the directions to the village?! Where is the instruction manual?!

In this episode of the Women Living Well After 50 Podcast, my guest is Florence Ann Romano, a personal growth strategist and author of Build Your Village: A Guide to Finding Joy & Community in Every Stage of Life.

During the interview we discussed:

· The importance of a village for older folks experiencing isolation—a support system for our physical, mental, and emotional health.

· Redefining your village after the loss of a spouse. 

· The 6 types of villagers needed for a fully functioning village—their qualities and characteristics.

· How to identify potential villagers & senior-friendly connection ideas.

· Being part of a village is as much give as take. How to foster the villager qualities within yourself.

· The importance of a primary as well as a secondary village, and the overlap between the two.

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Meet Florence Ann

Florence Ann Romano is a personal growth strategist, author, philanthropist, and businesswoman with a sparkling personality. With an eye for marketing, Romano flourishes as both an advisor for and the vice president of business strategy for Yakkety Yak. Florence is a proud member of the board of directors at the Children’s Research Fund as well as Female Strong. She is also a founding member of Sesame Street’s Leadership Council. After spending more than fifteen years as a childcare provider, during which she was known as the Windy City Nanny, Romano is the authority on childcare and family support in this new millennium and has more than five hundred media appearances discussing these topics. Born and raised just outside of Chicago, Romano wants to show people that not only is the saying “It takes a village” true, but also how important the need for community is.

Website: www.FlorenceAnn.com

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Sue Loncaric

Women Living Well After 50

Living Life Your Way


  • Reply leannelc July 18, 2023 at 10:15

    This sounds really interesting Sue – finding other like-minded people seems to get harder as we age. I’m not ready for a retirement village, but I do like the idea of finding meaningful and supportive connectionns.

  • Reply Retirement Reflections July 18, 2023 at 11:29

    Thank you, Sue and Florence Ann – Building a ‘village’ of community around us is so important, especially as we age.
    I agree that it is the #1 factor that contributes to longevity. Thank you for a great podcast.

  • Reply Toni Pike July 18, 2023 at 15:21

    Brilliant ideas, Sue and Florence

  • Reply Bernadette July 19, 2023 at 04:36

    The Sunday NYT had a several page article discussing the “loneliness epidemic”. I know that I have been gifted with a group of wonderful friends and as I age, I appreciate them and how fortunate I am.

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