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Fabafterfifty: Wellbeing

Empty nesting”, “sandwich generation” these are examples of   terms associated with our age group- here we look to explore what these terms mean to us, and how we can better understand ourselves  and our reactions to this phase of our lives.

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  1. How to be kind to elderly parents: from the parent’s perspective

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    Article by  Elizabeth Mapstone How many people actually ask themselves how they would treat their elderly parents before finding themselves in the tricky position of feeling a decision must be made immediately? Crucial moments often arise at exactly the wrong time for both parents and well-meaning daughters and sons. It is worth thinking about the options, and giving everyone the opportunity of expressing their opinion before the decision moment arrives. It was nearly six years from the moment my late husband and I decided we really must move from our idyllic but isolated rural home in Cornwall to somewhere more practical. My adult children were sad to lose a favoured holiday place but sympathetic. They all lived in different parts of the country, and it was difficult for us...
  2. Rekindling Your Youth

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      They say age is just a number, but recent studies have indicated that the more positive you feel about your ‘number’, the longer you may live. A study found that, those who felt three or more years younger than they actually were enjoyed a lower death rate, compared to those who either felt their age or felt a year or more older than they were. Why? Researchers believe it could be because those who feel younger opt for better life choices, retaining a more joyful, proactive approach. And one of the ways you can enjoy this positive mental attitude is to get involved in mind-based activities that challenge your brain. Keeping your mind active helps boost your vitality and could build up a reserve of connections and brain cells. So, without further ado, here are a number of the best brain-busting activities you can do: Join a Cooking Class Cooking stimulates...
  3. Are older women having a media-moment?

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      By Beverley Harvey   Hats off to lingerie giant Triumph for casting Julianne Moore and Liv Tyler in its Autumn/Winter 2017 advertising campaign.  It’s so refreshing to see beautiful, confident – and at 56 and 40 respectively – mature women in this role, as opposed to the twenty (or even thirty) somethings we are used to seeing. Both women look absolutely drop dead gorgeous in the ads and for many will be an inspiration and a shot in the arm – proving once again that over fifty doesn’t mean over the hill.  A sucker for marketing, I went on to Triumph’s website to explore the range for myself; there’s no doubt that the new Florale Collection of bras and briefs are stylish and flattering, however with prices north of £50 for...
  4. 10 top tips to get your Mojo back and be truly Fab After 50

    By Ann McCracken, author of How To Get Back Your Mojo 1. Remember age is just a number! If you feel great inside, it will shine through to all those around you – this is Mojo. 2. Neuroscience research is showing that positive feelings rejuvenate the cells in your body, helping you to refresh your energy. 3. Take control of your day by being prepared for what you expect to happen and fully accepting when things get changed. 4. Sometimes plans can change hour by hour and are often beyond your control – develop a flexible approach to such happenings and often better outcomes are the result! 5. Value every day you have on this earth, as if it were your last. Show compassion to others and offer friendship, show interest and learn new communication skills to converse with confidence...
  5. Why spend over £70,000 in a lifetime on beauty products? Because you’re worth it.

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    Article by Beverley Harvey   With the icing on her 72nd Birthday cake barely dry, Helen Mirren stunned fans and beauty industry insiders alike by claiming that using moisturiser “probably does f**k all”. The Oscar-winning actress commented while sitting on a L’Oreal panel in the South of France, where she was appearing in her official capacity as a brand ambassador.  She went on to soften her remark somewhat by adding: “…but it just makes me feel better. I’ve always said to L’Oreal that I will only do what makes me feel better.” One can only imagine the collective cringe that must have rippled through L’Oreal’s panel at such a revelation. But as a woman of a certain age, what was your reaction?  Mine was multi-tiered; my first thought was; ‘good on you,...
  6. It’s never too late to reinvent yourself

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    Article by Juliet Young I have been absent from Fab after Fifty for a while and I apologise wholeheartedly. But when I tell you what I’ve been up to recently you might be more inclined to forgive my silence and hear what’s been going on over the last few weeks. I have quite simply been reinventing myself. I have been remoulding and rebuilding, looking through all the pieces and parts which have made up my innermost self over the last fifty years, and I have been shaking and shifting them all around to create the newest, latest version of who I have always been. What? Bear with me, please. I have played many roles over the last five decades. Daughter, sister, cousin and friend....
  7. One hundredth of one second – first impressions count.

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    Article by Philip Adcock Scientists have worked out that it takes one hundredth of one second for each of us to form that all important first impression. Whether it’s a job interview or first date – follow these simple steps to make sure you make the best impression possible. We know that in only a fraction of a second after meeting, people make initial judgments about others. But what exactly is it that people connect with in others? Although material possessions can play a part, our instincts determine believability, trust etc. in ways used by our ancestors long before bespoke suits, designer watches, expensive cars, luxury handbags, or even boob jobs, cosmetics, face-lifts, or liposuction ever came along. Here are some simple steps to make sure you make better first impressions. Face...
  8. Divorce over 50: Friendships as you move on

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon From my own experience, friendships do change as you go through a divorce –  and your new life creates opportunities for new friendships. Divorce is never easy at any age – and navigating your way through friendships as you go through the process and come through the other side can be difficult – especially if you have an ex who not only tries to take ‘ownership’  of  assets but clearly sets out friends he believes he ‘owns’ as well! Not an issue to be argued in the divorce courts, but certainly one that needs some careful handling. I have been incredibly lucky in that as a result of my divorce I have some very special friendships that have become stronger  now that my ex is out of my life, but I...
  9. Revision: A Parents Guide to Surviving Exams: 3 Top Tips for You and Your Child

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    Article by Bradley Busch For many parents up and down the country, the exam season brings with it anxieties, frustration and late night tears. Often that’s the case for the parents themselves, as well as their students. Fortunately, advice is on hand on how to help you survive and your child thrive over the coming weeks. Father of two and founder of study skills company InnerDrive, Edward Watson, 55, says “exams can be stressful for everyone. We now know more than ever about what parents can do to better equip their children and also reduce their own stress levels”. So, what 3 things do you need to know to survive the exam season? Make Sure You Know What Revision Techniques Work Research has consistently demonstrated that ‘little and often’ is far more effective...
  10. 5 Top Tips to Calm Your Inner Critic

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     Article by Jerry Sargeant    Your inner critic must be harnessed. If not, it will take you in the opposite direction of your path, and trick you into believing that your heart is not your life compass. So, how do you tame this little voice that chatters away inside of you? Never go into battle with it. Accept it is there and then choose not to engage. Observe what that little voice says, smile, and then make a better choice. If you resist it, it will put up a fight and come on stronger, so acceptance and observation are critical components when dealing with this troublesome child.   Your inner critic exists inside of your mind. It cannot exist in your heart. That little voice is your ego, and...
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