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  1. Will the government’s skills and education bill resolve the issues for 50plus jobseekers?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon It is generally being seen as positive following the Queen’s Speech that the government is introducing a skills and post 16 education bill. But will this resolve the issue of those made redundant in roles in midlife, or those looking to return to the workplace following a career break as carers or full time parents? “Skills and Post-16 Education Bill: Provides a right to government-backed training for all adults who do not have A-levels or equivalents.  All adults will have access to four years of loans to undertake training or education .” I suspect not.  We do not yet have the full details, but only those who do not have A-levels or equivalents qualify. Also , if retraining later in life is it realistic...
  2. Review of Murad’s Vita-C Triple Exfoliating Facial

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    Review by Ceri Wheeldon I tend to be a DIYer when it comes to facials, preferring to pamper myself in the comfort of my own bathroom rather than trek into town for a facial. I have to admit to my skin looking a little dull as a result of lockdown and spending far too much time indoors. I was pleased to be asked if I would like to try this brand new exfoliating facial product from Murad. Designed to be used 2 – 3 times a week, Murad Vita-C Triple exfoliating Facial combines three exfoliants : Physical: Micro mineral exfoliants remove dead surface cells Enzymatic: Enzymes to dissolve oil debris and dead cells Chemical: Glycolic, Lactic and Salicyclic to exfoliate, brighten and purify pores. It also...
  3. Is it true that women are invisible over 50?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Last week Women’s Hour dedicated a programme to highlighting the issue of women over 50 being invisible. Numerous projects are popping up in my Instagram feed addressing the invisibility dilemma…..but are we really as invisible as these initiatives suggest? How is invisibility measured? Firstly, how is ‘invisibility’ measured?  Is it the column inches gained by women over 50 in mainstream media? Is it the number of models over 50 in advertising campaigns? Is it the number of women over 50  appearing on TV and film? in Is it the number of women over 50 in the workplace? Is it how women perceive themselves? Are some women /outlets talking women into believing they are invisible? I started the Fab after Fifty website...
  4. Can a Passion for Fashion lead to a new career if you’ve suffered a job loss during the pandemic?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon We have been living through unprecedented times as the world has had to navigate the pandemic, with many experiencing job losses as a result. 813,000 jobs have disappeared since the start , 171,000 of those jobs are in retail which primarily affects women. Although retailers are now able to trade again, many familiar names have closed on the high street – a walk through my local town highlights many empty units with fashion and cosmetics seeming to take the brunt of closures. So what are the options for those looking for employment? I often talk about transferrable skills. Those who are used to working with the public generally have excellent communication skills that are well suited to a customer services environment and companies in financial...
  5. Interview with Pam Valois, author of Blooming in Winter: The Story of a Remarkable Twentieth-Century Woman

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon So often we hear the phrase ‘late bloomers’ to describe women to come into their own during the second half of their lives. Pam Valois, author of Blooming in Winter: The Story of a Remarkable Twentieth-Century Woman  tells the story of a woman who inspired her throughout her life – and how she sees her as a role model in how to approach the ‘winter’ of her life. Tell us about you I am 77 and live in Berkeley, California.  My career was in health care; I retired the day I turned 65!  My husband and I now live in our dream house—the house we’d admired for years when we lived across the street from Jacomena Maybeck. When did you start to...
  6. Karen Espley talks about her first book published in her 50s: The Impulsive Explorer

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon In the latest of our author interviews, Karen Espley who published her first book, The Impulsive Explorer, at the age of 58 shares the inspiration behind it. A little bit about you: I’m 58, single, no children, two cats (!) and living in Horsham. When did you start to write? I started writing after my trip to the Antarctic in 2000. And then when I went to Ghana in 2001, I wrote diaries to remind me of my time there and was a prolific letter writer back to my friends in the UK. And then when I went travelling around New Zealand and Australia in 2013, I started a blog to capture the memories and to share...
  7. Midlife Reinvention: Karen Espley on starting a new business and changing her life over 50

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon In the latest of our ‘Fab women’ interviews, Karen Espley talks about the changes she has made in her life since turning 50, including travelling,  setting up a business and how she pivoted during the pandemic to not just survive but thrive! A little bit about you Karen Espley, 58, single, no children, two cats (!) and living in Horsham. What were your main activities ( job, commitments etc) before turning 50? 25 years in the corporate world and then freelancer for many years and just prior to 50, I was the director and part owner of a consultancy business that got sold to a larger company at the end of 2012. What have been your main activities (...
  8. Could Aloe Vera Juice be a cost effective alternative to expensive Collagen drinks to combat the effects of ageing on skin?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Daily shots of collagen drinks have been recommended for some time as a way of improving skin as we age.  But is Aloe Vera juice a viable (and cheaper) alternative?  I though I would share my own personal experience of taking aloe vera juice- and the impact it had on my skin which I discovered quite by accident! Collagen is a fibrous protein which  provides the infrastructure for elastin in the skin. Collagen production decreases as we age, resulting in skin sagging and wrinkles forming. By the time we reach our 50s we tend to lose a third of the collagen in our skin. No wonder collagen supplements have become a popular way to put back what nature has taken away. I have been...
  9. 11 Secrets from Seniors on Finding Lasting Love over 50

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      Who better to ask for advice on relationships over 50 than those with long and happy relationships behind them. Seniors can offer a unique perspective on marriage and lasting love. Look to those who have celebrated their golden and diamond anniversaries.  Their decades of experience can help you find love that lasts whether you are looking for a new relationship or want to ensure that your existing relationship stays the course. These are their relationship secrets:     Listen to your family. Couples can benefit from listening to advice from family members. Family members can offer a different viewpoint on the relationship. Their approval may not be necessary for you to find happiness, but seniors state that listening to family matters.   Listen to your friends. Your friends can...
  10. Review of Vichy Neovadiol Compensating Complex for Mature Skin

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    Review by Ceri Wheeldon In my latest review of skincare products for mature skin I tried Vichy’s Neovadial Compensating complex day cream, compensating complex replenishing serum, and densifying and sculpting night care. I tried three products in this range – the serum , daycare cream and night cream. It claims to densify and define skin contours and is developed specifically to address the effects of the menopause on the skin. The key active ingredients are Hyaluronic Acid and a high dose of Pro-Xylane Having used the combination of all three for the past six weeks, here are my thoughts. All three products are light in texture and not overly scented. They are quickly absorbed into the skin. The night cream is very cooling on contact. My skin felt...
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