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Fabafterfifty: Mid-life Matters

  1. Find Yourself after 50

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    Article by Ruth Seodi   I’m a real fan of Fab after Fifty, I love the vibrant energy and colour, and above all the ‘feel good’ factor.  I introduced myself to Ceri recently and shared my enthusiasm for writing.  I’ve found over the years that by writing my thoughts and ideas on paper often gives clarity. Most events in my life good and bad, are kept alive in a notebook – waiting to be read.  I married twice, first to a Scientologist and later to an Egyptian Muslim Olympic Wrestler who I had my two children with.  In those days I was wrapped up in love, marriage and motherhood and all that goes with it.  Now in my fifty’s I have a bit more time for myself and I’ve been...
  2.  ‘How would it be for YOU to be as confident from the inside out as you appear in reality?’

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    Article by Irene Brankin “Success is being comfortable with yourself regardless of what’s going on round you” (I.Brankin)   I wonder if you are one of the ‘almost nearly confident and successful woman’?   By that, I am meaning that however successful and confident you appear to others, inside you there is a feeling of being a fraud or an imposter as you are always waiting to be found out. These feelings come under the term ‘Imposter Syndrome’ that evolved about 40 years ago by two  American Clinical Psychologists, and can be briefly defined as a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist even in the face of information that the opposite is true or simply put –  self-doubt. Self doubt undermines self confidence This self-doubt undermines the self-confidence of both men and women,...
  3. Feeling shirty…What happened to my arms?

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    Article by Juliet Young I’m feeling more than just shirty. I’m feeling decidedly irritated and maybe even a little cheesed off, as one online dictionary offered me as a quaint definition of this very old, very British adjective. Why?  Shirts. My shirts. Hubby’s, which I very kindly iron every day, because I’m so damned nice and too damned rushed to do more than one at a time, don’t really bother me.  They’re big,  they’re cotton, they’re his.   My shirts are another matter. Should I in fact actually be calling them blouses? Some of them do have cute little flowers, paisley pattern swirls, or small white polka dots printed upon them. On the polka-dotted one there are even a couple of stray...
  4. The Autumn Blues: How to turn them orange, red and gold.

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    Article by Juliet Young As I walked back to my car after work last week, I realised that the street lamps were all on, throwing a bright orange glow onto the pavement I was pounding. It must be about to rain, I mumbled to myself, before noticing the perfectly clear, navy blue sky. It must be later than usual, I groaned. Not at all, it was absolutely my normal home-time when I do the afternoon shift.  Then it dawned on me. It must be autumn. Yuck! That weird season which for me has none of the joys of spring or warmth of summer, nor the frostiness and delicate beauty of winter.  But after half a century feeling this way, this year...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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,...
  10. 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....
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