Sondra Shapiro

Executive Editor, Fifty Plus Advocate/Founder, Fiftypluslife

Location icon United States of America

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, 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.


Opinion Columns

Early feminism didn't tout financial security | Fifty Plus Advocates

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.

Long-term care can bankrupt Americans | Fifty Plus Advocates

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.

The sky's the limit, regardless of age | Fifty Plus Advocates

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.

Turning 60 at Disney World frees the inner child | Fifty Plus Advocates

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.


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