Authors of Women I Want to Grow Old With will present the emotional, social, and health benefits of women making and sustaining female friendships at an event open to all San Diego women. Hosted by the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association, the presentation and discussion will take place from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 6, at AMN Healthcare in Carmel Valley at 12400 High Bluff Dr, San Diego, CA, 92130.

Co-authors Diane Gage Lofgren and Margaret Bhola challenge women to list the top three friends they’d call if their lives fell apart today. Often women don’t have the friends they want when they need them the most, leaving them vulnerable to emotional and physical illness, from heart disease and cancer to depression and dementia.

“Women desperately need female friendships to help reduce stress, provide perspective, and stave off loneliness,” says Lofgren. “But the urgencies of the moment prevent women from ensuring they have a safety net of women to rely on when life is good or all hell breaks loose.”

“Most of us are on autopilot when it comes to friends thinking, “One good friend is enough,’ ‘I have lots of friends at work,’ or ‘I’ll make time for friends when things slow down,’” says Bhola.

The authors will offer suggestions for striking up conversations with someone new, exploring diversity, and overcoming upsets. They’ll share ways to spice up friendships with virtual glasses of wine, Friday breakfast bitch sessions, or an impromptu “slumper” party. Register for the event by calling 973-575-0606 ext. 3. To learn more visit www.womeniwanttogrowoldwith.com.