Sondra L. Shapiro is an award-winning journalist and expert on aging issues. She has been at the helm of Mar-Len Publications, a Massachusetts-based company, since 1980. Mar-Len publishes the Fifty Plus Advocate Newspaper, fiftyplusadvocate.com and the Fifty Plus Resource Guide for Seniors and Caregivers.
She is also the founder of Fiftypluslife, an informational website for millennials and baby boomers.
Shapiro writes travel and lifestyle articles and covers social policy issues. She has appeared on local radio and television programs speaking about aging issues and social policy. She also served as a moderator for one of the 2002 Massachusetts Gubernatorial Debates sponsored by AARP.
Shapiro graduated in 1976 from the University of Massachusetts with bachelor degrees in Business and English.
By Sondra Shapiro As movie legend Bette Davis said, "Old age is no place for sissies." Those of us navigating this path are all too familiar with the losses and financial and health challenges that confront us with each day.
By Sondra Shapiro I once believed that feminism would solve all issues of inequality. But, that was when I was a young, idealistic college student in the 1970s. Forty years later, I am wiser. While things are much better for working women, bias still remains.
By Sondra Shapiro Two years ago my husband, David, and I bit the bullet and purchased a long-term care insurance policy. We had begun talking about retirement, and when we broached the topic of someday needing home or institutional care, we felt financially vulnerable. So we began exploring long-term care insurance options.
By Sondra L. Shapiro When I was a kid, I used to say I wanted to be a fashion designer when I grew up. When I entered college, I thought about becoming a lawyer. Instead, I capitalized on a natural ability to write.
By Sondra Shapiro I just turned 60. So, true to my inner child, I packed my bags for Walt Disney World (WDW) to doggedly pursue two of my most enjoyable activities - sampling food and wine and riding attractions - with my favorite person, my husband, David.