What's New

October 20, 2012. A group of 20 women in Philadelphia  got together to discuss renewment.  This blog was written by host Dotty Brown, recently retired editor/journalist of the Philadelphia Inquire.   http://unretiring.blogspot.com/2012/11/inside-search-for-renewment-with-helen.html

June 26, 2012.  The meeting was enormously successful and enlightening.  There was little difference in the transition to retirement between the men and women attending.  Men faced similar issues of loss of identify, re-establishing purpose and defining the next chapter in life.  Most of the men were still working if not full time, then partime.
June 19, 2012
A small group of Project Renewment women will be meeting with a similar group - almost all men -- called the Life Transition Group -- to discuss a subject of common interest.  This is a first.  We'll report on the meeting.

Renewment Caring Collaborative (RCC).  A subgroup of Project Renewment is launching a caring community that will address the question, "Who will be there for me?  Project Renewment women supporting one another has occurred on an informal basis assisting one another with doctor visits, home-bound illnesses, chemotherapy appointments and more -- all on a short-term basis. The RCC is providing some structure, accessibility as well as resources.  Stay tuned.  Click here for more. 

January 21, 2012
Connie Goldman, award-winning independent public radio producer, author and speaker  was our guest speaker at our "all groups" meeting.  The subject was the title of her most recent book, "Who Am I...Now That I'm Not Who I Was?  Each of us related to her subject with terrific discussion that followed her presentation.

June 11, 2011 event: 
About 40 women attended the second "all group" event for 2011.  Helen Dennis presented "8 Building Blocks for a Good Old Age." It was well received with lively discussion.

The Next Generation: 
Project Renewment has expanded to another life stage. Eight women in their 40's have adapted the topics to those relevant in lives. These women have careers, families and are active in their communities. They cover topics such as affirmation, courage, giving back, achieving balance and more. For more information, please email Helen Dennis at

The Boston Group:
Meg Newhouse suggested to her group to discuss transitions into and in the 4th age. She would like to include the biggest transition of all in this discussion, i.e., the big D. Is anyone game? Here are some possible questions: 

  1. Positive aging is taking hold, but it is focused on the 3rd age, not old age. Can our existing frameworks and models handle these later transitions? E.g., Assumptions that  transitions are a necessary vehicle for growth is built into our model. But the growth is likely more subtle, less active, and accompanied by ever more losses in the 4th age. And the greater awareness of mortality. Do we need to change the models? Or just the messages within them?
  2. What are the transitions you expect to deal with into and within the 4th age?
  3. How do we help clients and ourselves find the resilience and serenity they need to cope with the old age transitions, including the big one -- Death?
  4. How do you view dying and death? What is your current understanding based on? How much do your think about it? Plan for it?
  5. What do you think of our cultural views on dying and death?  

Project Renewment:  La Troisieme Age:
About 8 Los Angeles women in their 70's and 80's have formed a renewment group devoted to the third age and named their group to reflect a later phase of life.  

WOW: Wise Older Women: 
A renewment group in Florida created their own name while following the Renewment model.

Women in Transition: 
A group in the South Bay area near Los Angeles incorported the renewment model as part of their AAUW (American Association of University Women) group. 

Washington, DC (Bethesda):
The women in this group live close to one another and are exploring the Village approach of aging in place based on the Beacon Hill, MA successful model.