Boca's Faulk Center Helping Widowed Seniors

BOCA RATON, FL ( — Once a widowed senior has moved beyond the initial stages of loss, they enter a new,  unfamiliar phase of life  Living alone, socializing, dating and a variety of other topics are now part of being solo.  Finding support for this transitional period has not always been easy. Recognizing this void, the Faulk Center for Counseling is introducing, Moving Forward: A Discussion and Support Group, every Wednesday, beginning January 29th at 1pm. To kick-off the program, the Center is having Hal Spielman, author of Suddenly Solo, A Lifestyle Road Map for the Mature Widowed or Divorced Man, speak to the Center’s educators, students and volunteers about the research he did for his book and the lessons learned from his surveys of 1600 widowed men and women age 55 and over. Spielman, who has been featured on The Today Show, will also be introduced to the inaugural group.  To RSVP for Moving Forward, please call 561-483-5300; $5 per session.

 “There is dearth of support groups available in the community for widows and widowers who have moved beyond the bereavement stage,” said Holly Katz, Ph. D, Program and Training Director. “During their transition to a new life phase, these people would benefit from the support of others dealing with similar issues such as living independently and dating.”

Speilman will address these issues from both a personal and professional manner with the Center’s volunteers, students and educators.  After 33 years of marriage, he lost his beloved wife and was unsure how to move to the next phase of living, so he reached out to the company he founded to seek answers. McCollum Spielman is one of the world’s leading market research companies, with clients such as L’Oreal and Disney.  Spielman created surveys and conducted interviews with hundreds of widowed men and women and came away with groundbreaking insights on how to live and love again.

“I am looking forward to sharing with the Faulk Center the statistical analysis from the research for my book, and the daily insights from my advice column ASK HAL on my website ,” said Spielman. “I applaud the Faulk Center for this new initiative and know that area seniors will be benefit from it tremendously.” 

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