Late Life Love
by Connie Goldman

Fairview Press, 2006. ISBN 978-1-57749-157-6.
Reviewed by Judith Helburn
Posted on 05/29/2008

Nonfiction: Elders; Nonfiction: Relationships

Connie Goldman excels as an interviewer. Late Life Love is the second book of interviews I have read by Goldman. She has a knack of making people comfortable and gently extracting personal information that she puts into an enjoyable, readable form from which we can learn.

Although I am not a candidate for another romance since I am still with my husband of forty-eight years, I found useful tidbits within which could liven up the ole relationship. Goldman includes interviews with both partners in twenty-two relationships. The majority of them are not married, but they are committed. Considering the social values of the times in which we grew up, this initially surprised me. Studies do show, however, that as we mature, we realize that how we feel, rather than what society demands of us, becomes more important in later years. In my opinion, this is progress.

Romance and sexual relationships are important for these senior love birds. Touching and caring for one another remain high on their list of priorities. Although no graphic details are included, there is every indication that there is life in the old boy [and girl]. That those in the third third of life feel zest and vitality is an affirmation for all of us who have yet to reach that time in our life cycle. Having just viewed the movie, Young at Heart, and having just finished this book, I'm excited about what is ahead. Those who think that old age is all decline need to change their perspective.

Connie Goldman is an award-winning independent public radio producer, author, and public speaker formerly on the staff of NPR. A recipient of the Senior Award from the American Society on Aging, she is the author of five books and lives near Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota.

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