Living Longer Lives Increases the Ability to Further Understand the Meaning of Life

Pat Balvanz coaches middle-aged women to find meaning and purpose in the latter years of life.

Since the rise of modern medicine in the 19th century, people are living longer lives. Because of this increased longevity, people have more time to focus on the meaning of life, especially in the later years.

“Women, in particular, are confused by their upbringing and position in life and often relegate themselves to a life far less than they somehow know they could be living. They know there is something missing,” said Pat Balvanz, director of the program A New You for mid-life women.

50 years of age no longer means what it once did. Life expectancies have dramatically increased, leading people to feel younger and more capable than they would have previously.

“Many baby boomers will have 25 to 30 more years of productive living ahead, not limited by illness or disability,” according to

This increased life causes baby boomers to redefine the meaning and purpose of the decades between middle and later life.

The ability to reflect on the previous years allows women to embrace the future years to create a better ending for themselves, their families, and society as a whole.

A new life stage is developing in which customary examples of retirement and services to seniors are being replaced by new models of commitment including further careers, community service, and lifelong learning.

Hillary Clinton encourages continuous building toward the end of life. “Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world,” Clinton says.

Balvanz has been coaching mid-life women for over 40 years on rebooting their careers, renewing relationships and re-imagining their lives. She uses a vast repertoire of modalities to allow her clients to implement their chosen directions, using support as her main method.

“Support is supercritical for women. They are nurturers by nature, and women need to be nurtured,” Balvanz states in her book, Never Too Late to Bloom.

Since medical and lifestyle breakthroughs have added substantially to our life expectancy, Balvanz has a vision of the last 30 years of life being the best and most meaningful years. She believes, with Clinton, that women can and will accomplish a great deal during these “Second Act” years to advance our society.

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