“I role model authentic and thoughtful deeds and actions.”

Eleanor Roffman
Eleanor Roffman

Meet Eleanor

My name is Eleanor Roffman and I’m in my 70s. I have been redesigning my life ever since I was a young mom and then, again and again, in my 40s, 50s, and beyond. I come from a working class neighbourhood in Boston, Ma. I am a single parent of an adult child and live in the city of Boston with my long-time partner. I am engaged with my community by supporting actions and programs that address local urban issues like housing, education, and community organizing. I also passionately work with allies seeking a just peace in Israel/Palestine. I am a retired university professor and psychologist, currently work part-time, teaching and consulting.

What would you say has been the biggest shift in your life since turning 40 (or 50)?

Major shifts have been raising my son and seeing him marry and have children and entering into a relationship when I was 50 that is still going strong today. 

When do you feel you are most powerful?

I feel most powerful when I feel healthy, that is, eating well, exercising, working hard, and maintaining a positive attitude. These factors support my professional and political involvements.  

What are the top 3 most important things to you right now?

My family, social justice, and working for a just peace in the Middle East.

How do you make sure your actions are aligned with what’s most important to you?

I try to assess my actions, listen to myself, take in feedback from trusted others, and make decisions based on my priorities.   

What seeds are you planting today for the future?

I plant seeds for the future by being a role model of authentic and thoughtful deeds and actions.

What advice would you give someone who is interested in redesigning midlife?

Listen to yourself, trust yourself, and seek support from allies.

How can people connect with you and your work?

Email me at eleanor.roffman329@gmail.com.

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Sara Smeaton

I help you discover the joy and power in midlife and navigate the transitions on your own terms. I am passionate about changing the narrative about aging and am trying to fill the world with profiles of real life people who are thriving and more alive after 40 than ever before. The best is yet to come and there are role models all around us. Book your free 30-minute connection call.

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