It all began when...


It all began in 2006, I, Jaye Wurtzel, created an important  life skills lecture program for mentally challenged adults who benefited from receiving specialized support and guidance. After delivering 100 workshops, she recognized the healing impact which ultmately led to healthier lifestyles when clients made better choices. Emphasis on self-discovery, channeling positive behaviors and ecouraging change has been a challenging and worthwhile journey.

These workshops have become a model for developing current mini-sessions with adults. Women Growing Older Gracefully and this older women’s network retired and semi-retired baby-boomers. We  have fun while sharing experiences and knowledge to learn from one another and grow in a safe and non- judgmental environment.     

Women Growing Older Gracefully is about encouraging women to have a positive attitude with the challenges and questions they face as they grow older. It is about empowering themselves and others to lead full and active lives by meeting the future with courage, confidence and enthusiasm. Other chief components of the WGOG philosophy include:

  • To make the most of the rest of our lives
  • To counter stereotypes of older women
  • To demonstrate and proomote a positive attitude 
  • To share laughter and a sense of inclusion
  • To support one another

Mini-workshops on the web and given to groups encourage women's empowerment, boosting brain power, magnify positive thinking, enhance lifestyle and happiness, re-invent self, develop strong friendships.  

The infamous "Lunch & Learns"  and webinars  enlighten are packed with "how to" tools for growing older gracefully.   Our focus is to enlighten the imagination, and highlight self-discipline,  as women hhear about boundary setting, improved family/friend communication and developing an overall sense of well-being. Some popular classes include:

  • Time to Re-Invent & Find Your Purpose
  • Re-Design Your Retirement
  • Aging is Changing
  • Halt The Aging Process
  • Will You Be My Friend?
  • Be Positively Happy

About Jaye M Wurtzel, Founder of Women Growing Older Gracefully:

Jaye has a BA in Public Administration, with a minor in Gerontological Studies, and MEd from NC Central Uiversity. Now retired, she was a public school teacher in early childhood and BMH (Behavioral & Mentally Handicapped) middle school children. As a Recreation Therapist, she created psycho-social activities programs for seniors in nursing homes for 10 years While raising her daugher and son as a single  parent, she has served as a foster parent, owned and operated a home day care and was a public school teacher after obtaining a BS at age 45. She is currently a senior life health coach, primarily serving women in Raleigh, NC.

If you would like to attend with your group or learn more about specific classes I'm available ! You may contact me at [email protected]  


"Thank you, Jaye for all you do. Thank you for your dedication and selflessness, Thank you for the time you spend planning and organizing. Thank you for thinking of others and being quick with words of encouragement or praise. Thank you for the good times and lovely luncheons with new friends not so new. Thank you for bringing us together to bond in sisterhood. Thank you for giving women a place to share hopes and dreams, to compare notes and to support one another. Thank you for new ideas and new perspectives that come from your Lunch and Learns. Perhaps greatest of all is your contribution to the world. My Dear, you have spread so much light. I am so happy and honored to have you in my life. WOW, is all I can say!! " N. McDonald, Raleigh, NC

" This group stands apart from others I have joined by offering high quality in its gatherings. Jaye has enormous energy and creativity and wonderful ideas that result in really outstanding gatherings which attract really outstanding ladies! " Jan O, Cary, NC

"Once again, thank you, Jaye ! I kept thinking about the things you talked about today (Lunch & Learn : Embrace Your Age) ). Finally, I decided that I needed to make some notes about what I was feeling on this journey. I learned a lot about where I am and what I want."  Nita McDonald, Raleigh, NC

"I send a big THANK YOU to Jaye for the effort she has put imto keeping things going on the FaceBook and Zoom. Although you don't hear fom me much, it has meant a lot to see everyone hanging in there until times are better (Covid) This positive FaceBook platform has been an encouragement to family and friends who have been struggling. I look forward to being able to gather again with this interesting, fun an supportive group of women"  Karen Havner-Smith, Cary,NC