We often think of eating disorders as afflicting teens. How much of an issue is it with women in midlife or older?
It is an issue we are seeing more and more with women in midlife. For the sake of clarity, let me briefly define the three major eating disorders, because there have been some changes in the last revision of the DSM. Binge Eating Disorder describes eating much more than one would typically eat in a discreet period of time, and there is a feeling a lack of control around it. My clients describe it as a sort of fugue state—they are not really tasting the food. It's more about relieving an uncomfortable emotional state.
A difficult transition out of the workplace was the spark for Ginni's new book on easing the transition into retirement—and her own reinvention as an entertainer in her 60s.
You both recently retired from your legal careers and launched Lustre. What needs are you seeking to address with your website?
Retired career women are as vibrant, experienced, and wise the day after they retire as they were the day before, but suddenly they become invisible, stuck behind images of old women who are dowdy, frail, and withdrawn from the world. Those dysfunctional images are not good for our mental or physical health. We need to become visible again, and that is the need that Lustre is addressing.
Legacy and Lores helps to preserve family stories. Why did you launch this business?
It’s extremely important to preserve our family stories! Documenting them in writing is the best possible gift a family gives to future generations. Without this legacy, every generation starts over. By embracing the importance of family, we bring life to the family tree.
You have just published this book, Love Worth Making, which you subtitled How to Have Ridiculously Great Sex in a Long-Lasting Relationship. What need did you see that you were trying to address through your writing?
In our sex-saturated era, I noticed sex advice just kept getting edgier and edgier -- bondage, threesomes, prostate massage, and so on -- and all this relentless pursuit of sexual adventure struck me as misguided. The key to sexual happiness in a committed relationship is to take care of your sexual feelings. But there was very little sensible advice out there about that. So I knew I'd have to write that book myself!