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  1. Tips for looking after grey hair

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon with tips from Anabel Kingsley It’s a growing trend to stop colouring hair and letting the grey hair shine through. Social media is awash with images of celebrities and real women proudly showing their grey locks.   How attitudes have changed. I can remember my own mother handing me a pair of tweezers while she sat at her dressing table and instructing me to pluck out any grey hairs (she started to go grey in her mid to late 30s). This was done weekly. When the plucking became more severe and she realised that she was in danger of going bald – such was my enthusiasm to complete my task, she started to colour – only recently as...
  2. Style over 50: Are we in the Golden Age of Fashion as models over 50 hit the catwalk?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon When I first started Fab after Fifty one of the biggest gripes from people reading my posts was that there were no 50plus models –  with models wearing clothes deemed ‘appropriate’ for our age group being worn on the catwalk and advertising features by young, stick thin models. They would look very different if we were to wear them. But is that finally starting to change? A number of brands are starting to listen – and recognise our spending power.  There are campaigns for ‘real women’ to model collections, and at New York Fashion Week a number of 50plus models took the catwalk by storm- and they all looked fabulous. High profile designers used models ranging in age up to...
  3. Why Side-Gigs are not just for Millennials: Ann Bennett becomes an award winning writer

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    Article by Ann Bennett Until a few days ago I had no idea what the phrases ‘side-gig’ and ‘side-hustle’ meant, but I realise I’ve been doing just that for several years now. I can proudly count myself, a fifty-seven year old solicitor and mother of three twenty-something sons, a member of the gig-economy – normally thought the exclusive province of millennials. It started out as a hobby that I dabbled in whenever I had a spare moment, but has grown into something I take quite seriously as an additional income stream to build for the future. I’ve loved telling stores since childhood and used to produce my own little illustrated books about witches. At school, English was my favourite subject, but being practically...
  4. As Jennifer Aniston turns 50, will this help change perceptions of age ?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Happy 50th birthday to Jennifer Aniston. Welcome to the Fan after Fifty club! As Jen celebrates her half century, there are a number of other high profile starts who will also turn 50 this year, including Cate Blanchet, Jennifer Lopez, Rene Zellweger and Gwen Stefani. I’m sure none of them are intending to fade into the background and adopt the invisibility cloak any time soon!! With so many  vibrant  ‘A listers’ reaching this landmark birthday, will this help challenge perceptions of what women over 50 today are really like?  Julia Roberts , Sarah Jessica Parker and Sandra Bullock are all over 50.  Will the media and society start to see us as we see ourselves? When...
  5. What to see and do in Vancouver

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon I lived and worked in Ottawa in the 80s , and frequently went to Vancouver for business. I hadn’t returned until very recently, one in September and the other over the Christmas/New Year period. It has changed a lot. Far more skyscrapers.  It has become a vibrant booming city set between sea and mountains. Wherever you are in Vancouver you seem to have a view. Driving across the Lions Gate Bridge is quite spectacular. A great place to start on a visit to Vancouver is  trip up to Cypress Mountain – where you can look down and across the city to get your bearings. ...
  6. Going outside of my comfort zone to be an extra in the film ‘Great in Britain’

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Sometimes you get an invitation that places you completely out of your comfort zone. I am always saying that we should be open to trying new things over 50, and so when I was asked by friend in the film industry if I would be an extra in a film he was shooting in London I found myself saying yes. All I had to do was show up at a jazz club in London at 8am dressed in a cocktail dress and then follow direction!! It was a fascinating day seeing how much effort went into a relatively short piece of footage.  After having my make up done I was asked to sit at a table with one of...
  7. What are your biggest fears when it comes to getting older?

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    What are your biggest fears when it comes to getting older? This is a discussion I was having recently, and what became apparent was that although some of the things we may worry about are inevitable – other aspects are within our control to manage or change. These are just some of the fears of ageing that came up , which do you have, and which others would you add to the list? Fears of getting older Fear of ill health – particularly dementia. Feeling that life was passing by but not knowing where to start to make changes Worrying about money and not being able to afford to retire Worried about ageism in the workplace – especially with the increase in pension age and having to work for...
  8. Dating over 50: Understanding your red lines

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Dating over 50 can be a bit of a minefield, especially if you have recently come out of a long term relationship and it has been decades since you last dated. Having divorced myself in my mid 50s I understand what it’s like to rebuild your life – and even if the decision to divorce was yours- you still have to rebuild your confidence, and the sense of who you are as an individual as opposed to part of a couple. When it comes to starting a new relationship, be clear about what you want. It might be tempting to ‘settle’, but don’t get pulled into repeating patterns of past relationships which ultimately failed. There are lots of obvious...
  9. The Fast 800 Diet: Dispelling the myth that breakfast is the most important meal of the day

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Dr Michael Mosley took the dieting world by storm when he introduced the 5:2 diet.  ‘Fasting’ for two days a week, while eating a balanced calorie controlled diet the rest of the week was the key to losing weight- and reducing blood sugar levels and visceral fat. In his latest book , The Fast 800, Dr Mosley has updated the original 5:2 diet, increasing the number of calories on fasting days to 800 a day, and basing the diet on the  Mediterranean way of eating – so no food groups (or wine) are off the menu! An additional optional  element he has introduced is ‘Time Restricted Eating’, where you essentially ‘fast’ on a daily basis, restricting your eating...
  10. 5 quick ways to declutter your brain

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    Article by Carole Ann Rice In these hyper-connected and over-stimulating times, we’re all overloaded with information, and everywhere we look, someone or something is demanding our attention. It’s hard to keep up – and yet we get a dopamine thrill from it all, meaning that being switched-on is addictive. And like all addictions, it can turn toxic. Here are  5 ways to push back on information and sensory overload and sharpen your brain for a better life. 5 ways to declutter your brain 1. Give yourself a mental audit – start by taking stock of what’s overwhelming you. Maybe you have too many commitments, or perhaps you’re making other people’s needs your responsibility. Make time to see what it is that you’re doing...
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