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Francine Toder


Francine Toder, Ph.D., is the author of The Vintage Years: Finding Your Inner Artist (Writer, Musician, Visual Artist) After Sixty.She is an emeritus faculty member of California State University Sacramento and is a clinical psychologist recently retired from private practice. Toder is also the author of When Your Child Is Gone: Learning to Live Again(Ballantine, 1986) and Your Kids Are Grown: Moving On With and Without Them(Plenum Press, 1996).  She resides with her husband in the San Francisco Bay Area where she practices the cello daily.

Follow Francine @doctoder at Twitter and read her blogs about positive aging @ Huffington Post 50. She is devoting her time to speaking to groups of seniors and independent book stores about The Vintage Years, her book, and the benefits of the fine arts to brain stimulation, .


My Articles & Research on Tech-enhanced Life

Empowering Seniors through Communication Technology

Ruth was 90 when I met her through an organization that tends to the various needs of senior citizens. Her only child was estranged from her, and my goal was to provide companionship a few hours per week. What I found amazed me and put to rest any lingering age stereotypes I still might have had. Our game plan for how to spend time changed radically.



Seniors Embrace Social Media in Surprising Numbers

One of the writers I featured in my new book, The Vintage years: Finding Your Inner Artist (Writer, Musician, Visual Artist) After Sixty, didn't begin to write her first book until she was in her eighties. And realizing at that time that her preferred method of pen and paper was no longer efficient, she embarked on learning how to use a computer. At ninety-two she's quite proficient at the keyboard and no stranger to email.