Jimmy and Aliza met in their late seventies, when he moved into her apartment building. Both were single and had gone through difficult divorces. Still, they led active, fulfilling lives. How did Jimmy and Aliza come to realize such true and rewarding intimacy late in life? Joy, Love, and Loss in Late Life is a deeply personal look at the long, rocky roads Jimmy and Aliza walked before their paths finally merged into one. Told through the record of several years of e-mail communication, their story delves into their individual personal histories: childhood memories, career and family choices, and the difficult divorces that ended their first marriages. Unlike many popular books on seniors and romantic intimacy, Joy, Love, and Loss in Late Life is a real-time longitudinal chronicle of Jimmy and Aliza's developing relationship. Through one detailed case study, social scientists, health care practitioners, and other curious senior citizens can explore the unique dynamics of late-in-life love.
Jimmy Jordan is the pseudonym adopted by an Ivy League PhD, former director of university research centers, head of state and national policy task forces, professor, and prolific author with two decades of living and working overseas on national development challenges that topped-off his extensive domestic accomplishments. In deference to the anticipated concerns of his own children and those of his late-in-life love Aliza Matthews, the author scrubbed all possible identifying information of those mentioned in this remarkable time-ordered social history. He authored this book for two reasons: first, as a tribute to the two women who meant so much to him, and, second, to make a significant contribution to our understanding of how strong and meaningful social relations can develop at any stage in one's life, including those enjoyed well into late age.