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I want to tell you what getting old is really like.

There are the blessings and there is the bullshit. Increased wisdom and perspective are a blessing, no doubt, but it’s bullshit to deny the physical degeneration and other mind and body changes. Old people (especially women) are devalued or ignored in our ageist society. It takes [b]oldness to move from midlife to [b]old age, and to truly embrace this stage of life.

I’m in good health and still very active at 72; yet I can feel in my bones that I’ve entered the land of the old. Frankly, I am surprised to find myself here. This foreign place was not on my bucket list; I’m still exploring how to make the most of it.

NEW! My community for [B]old Women, aka old(er) women writers and creatives on Substack in their 60s, 70s, 80s. Also welcome are women in their 40s & 50s. If that’s you, please join in by leaving a comment here.

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What subscribers are saying

Debbie, I love what you’re doing for those of us in our 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond! Our bodies might be aging, but you’re a great example of who we can be when we remain curious, creative and open to new ideas. Thank you for being [B]Old!" -

“I absolutely love your writing!!” -

I'll turn 55 in a few months, and you are inspiring me to keep climbing mountains. Thanks, Debbie!

Thank you so much for modeling how to live a great third act that is both forward looking and fully present." - Julie J.

“I care about your work because I'm getting older, too, but so are many of my contemporaries who are struggling. New insights and advice for supporting them are always welcome.” - Barbara McNichol

“I appreciate how you are always asking the big questions, seeking how we can best live with vitality and wisdom. Whether it's sharing your own story or bringing us amazing interviews I always learn something." -

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My goal is to be honest and vulnerable and to tell you what it’s like — as a woman but also regardless of gender. My hope is that my [b]old age dispatches will be useful to you — or at least provocative — as you transition from midlife to your own final chapter.

I am grateful for every new subscriber, free or paid. Paid subscribers have full access to everything I write or host on Substack.

Why become a paid subscriber

As a paid subscriber, you become a member of a smaller group which actively engages with me in honest discussion about old age. In addition, you are supporting my work and paying for my 40+ years of experience as a professional writer.

… and who is Debbie?

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I’m a 70-something podcaster, writer, author (I wrote one of the first books on business blogging for Penguin), editor (a nonfiction book coach), storytelling director (I founded a multigenerational women’s storytelling event), former reporter, Web pioneer (I coded my first website in 1996), nonprofit volunteer, wife, mother, grandmother and more. I live on the Maine coast and and in New Haven, CT with my husband of 51 years

. We have three children in their 40s and six grandchildren.

For honest dispatches from a badass [b]old lady, subscribe to [B]OLD AGE. Omg, did I just call myself badass?? More about that here.

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Sharing what it's really like to get old, from the blessings to the bullshit. Get personal essays, Q&As, advice on growing [b]older—all from author, book coach, and [b]old woman Debbie Weil. NEW! Join the community of [B]old Women writers & creatives.


Host of the [B]OLD AGE podcast, author, editor, former reporter, Web pioneer. [B]oldly moving from midlife into old age at 72. #unretired