5 Types of Friends Every Woman Over 50 Needs (and How to Find Them)

Friends have always been important to me, as I’m sure they’ve been important to you, too.

However, as I approached 50 and put together my Margie Project, I realized that friendship was becoming even more important than I had previously thought. I wondered why that was true. So, as usual, I decided to do some research.

One of the most intriguing things I learned, reported by AARP.org, was this:

In a 2017 Michigan State study of over 270,000 adults, a key takeaway was that as we get older our friends begin to have a bigger impact on our health and well-being, even more than our families.

Wow! That got my attention!

I started digging into more research about friendship and found this little gem, a quote I’d heard before, from Jim Rohn, a motivational speaker, author, and entrepreneur. But it didn’t sink in until now:

David Burkus, author, speaker, and business school professor, provided an update to Rohn’s concept, based on new studies:

“You’re not the average of the FIVE people you surround with. It’s way bigger than that. You’re the average of all the people who surround you. So take a look around and make sure you’re in the right surroundings.”

– David Burkus


When I processed that information, I had an “Aha!” Moment. I realized that, while having friends after 50 is vitally important, what is just as important is the quality of those friendships.

Bottom Line: The friends you spend time with have a huge influence on you.

I started thinking about the types of friends I had. Were they really helping me lead my best life? I wasn’t sure.

That’s when I began researching different types of friends. I looked up studies, articles, and got input from 50+ women in my mermaid group.

When I put it all together, it became very clear to me that this would not only be helpful to me, but also to other 50+ women.

So without further ado …

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