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Results of the Fab after Fifty Midlife Survey

Article by Ceri Wheeldon

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We recently invited readers of Fab after Fifty via social media to take part in a survey, where we asked how they felt about various aspects of midlife. Thank you to everyone who took the time to get involved. It is very much appreciated.

Here is a quick summary of the results.    There were a few surprises !


The Midlife Survey Results

57% said they were happy with their life today, but 43% indicated that they weren’t.

50% were happy in their jobs, 38% were unhappy and 12% had already retired.

25% had no idea if/when they would be able to retire.

Unhappy with their health

56% are unhappy with their level of fitness and their nutrition

33% are unhappy in their relationships

When it came to what caused most stress in midlife:

15% said finance

15% said health

3% said mental health

3% said relationships

7% said Family

15% said physical fitness

8% said career

13% said missed opportunities

12% said elderly parents

9% other

The ‘other’ category was primarily those worried about managing stress following the death of a partner or the concern about becoming widowed in the future.

Best decade in life

30% thought their best decade was behind them,

27% believed they were living their best decade now

23% didn’t know but only 18% thought their best decade was ahead of them.

Garth Delikan , my co-founder of the MildLife MOT also joined me on a video call to discuss the results – I shall be sharing the footage very soon – it was a long conversation so I will split them as we were chatting for half an hour- so those who just want to listen to the snippets relevant to them can!

I will add to this post later ?



Ceri Wheeldon

Ceri is Founder and Editor of Fabafterfifty.co.uk She is a frequent speaker at events and in the media on topics related to women over 50 , including style and living agelessly. With 20+ years experience as a headhunter Ceri also now helps support those looking to extend their working lives.

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