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  1. Do we all need to bring out our inner Moira Rose during the pandemic?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon At the time of writing , here in the UK we are half way through our second lockdown. So many people I talk to are saying that the are finding it so much harder than the first, the shorter days and miserable weather are not helping- at least for the first lockdown we were able to enjoy sunny days – and our gardens. Many are finding it difficult to remain optimistic and motivated. So what can we do to help give ourselves a boost in these difficult times? I have just finished watching all six seasons of Schitt’s Creek on Netflix. For those who haven’t seen it, it is a Canadian comedy following the lives of the fictional Rose family who fall on...
  2. Does your ‘get up and go’ disappear once you reach the age of 54?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon That seems to be suggested in new research highlighted in an article in the mailonline.  Apparently although we may have passion we lose our ‘get up and go’ at 54  ‘when it becomes harder to motivation yourself to leave the couch and try new things’. I was fairly horrified to read that as I know so many women who have achieved so much in their 50s and beyond – setting up businesses, writing books, climbing mountains, raising funds for charities. Does this woman represent your perception of what a 54 year looks like today? ...
  3. Why I am getting tired of justifying why I don’t have grey hair!

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Why I am getting tired of justifying why I don’t have grey hair! When I set up Fab after Fifty over 11 years ago, is was to provide resources for women to live their best possible lives over 50. At the time there was very little out there that supported getting older in a positive way. Mainstream media was so far behind in how they presented midlife women – whenever I had a meeting the only over 50 celebrities mentioned were Helen Mirren and Judi Dench – both fabulous but both considerably over 50. In fact Judi Dench is older than my mother. Perceptions were lagging behind reality. I was on a mission to change that. This was at...
  4. Diversity in the Workplace. Are Employers merely Paying Lip Service when it comes to Age Inclusivity?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon   I have attended many sessions at conferences on the topic of Diversity in the Workplace. With the retirement age increasing ( here in the UK the official pension age is now 66) , and increased pressure on those over 50 facing redundancy as a result of the pandemic, it is more important than ever that the contribution of older workers in the workplace is not just recognised, but welcomed. When it comes to diversity in recruitment – many companies will state that they are a diverse employer, and include age inclusivity in their diversity statement – alongside BAME, LGBT and disability, including their diversity statements in their recruitment advertising, but when it comes to their corporate imagery , the ‘age inclusive’ element is noticeable by...
  5. My response to the headlines suggesting millions of over 50s will be asked to stay home to contain coronavirus

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon I have to admit to being a bit taken aback over the weekend when I saw headlines suggesting that the over 50s may be subject to increased restrictions in order to prevent a second wave of the coronavirus. Living alone and going through lockdown in total isolation, the prospect of repeating when I have been diligent in observing social distancing , mask wearing  hand washing etc  sent me into a bit of a panic – to say the least! It appears that this could be viewed a fair compromise in order to reopen all schools. There are a number of issues I have with this. I have spent the last eleven years fighting ageism generally, and ageism in the workplace specifically. To suddenly have ‘over...
  6. The Impact of Women Working on the Frontline During Lockdown

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    Lockdown has not been easy for anyone. We have all had to radically change how we live our lives. While we have all had to comply with social distancing, with many adapting to working from home for the first time while also embracing home schooling, for those working on the front line their situation has been very different. There are so many unsung heroes, perhaps truly recognised and appreciated for the first time in their careers and in the 70 year history of the NHS as the nation has taken to their doorsteps on Thursday evenings to clap for the NHS, not only acknowledging the service and sacrifice of the NHS workers, but also delivering a sense of solidarity within the...
  7. Has the Fear of Going Out replaced the Fear of Missing Out for Women Over 50?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Just a few months ago it seemed everyone was mentioning FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)  on social media. I know I was managing a full diary- busy working in the week, juggling attending various press and launch events mostly in London and tiring myself out with the travel and meeting up with friends and family at weekends. At times it felt as though I was living my life on roller skates. Fast forward 3 months – and how life has changed!! At the start of Lockdown, apart from coming to terms with what was happening and the impact Covid-19 was having on people’s lives,  I was dreading the prospect of not meeting up with other people. I live alone so lockdown is incredibly isolating. However,  I got...
  8. The Bubble: Will We Have to Start Playing Family Favourites?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon I jokingly asked my mother when catching up on the phone this morning if I was her favourite daughter!! With the latest roadmap regarding the relaxing of lockdown revealed – the suggestion of ‘family bubbles’ potentially next month is definitely welcome news -but if you can only socialise with one other household – how do you choose which family member to include in your bubble? If you are a couple with elderly parents on both sides of the family who do you prioritise? Although we can now socialise with one person outside from another household outside with two parents in one household that really is not practical and a non starter!  We will wait until the next step comes into play! I have one friend who lives alone who has...
  9. Dame Judi Dench becomes Vogue’s oldest cover girl at 85

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon The June edition of Vogue has Dame Judi Dench grace its cover. This is a regular issue – not an ‘age’ special…and it is the main cover – not an advertorial supplement. Well done to Vogue for taking this step. Could it be in part a reflection of a shift in changing values as we all reassess priorities during this time of stress and imposed lockdown? Ironically Dame Judi who has not let her age define her career, is in the very  group where because of her age lockdown may be her reality for longer than most of us. Dame Judi has always come across as authentic. She has embraced her age as her career continues to go from...
  10. A to Z of How to Thrive in Lockdown over 50

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon   We are living in uncertain times with dramatic changes to the way we live. I know that I find some days in Lockdown easier than others. I am used to working from home, and usually love living alone, but in what was my ‘normal’ life working from home included going to meetings and events off site, and my single life included meeting up with family and friends for coffees, meals, cinema and theatre visits etc. Being totally isolated from all social contact is another matter altogether.   I have put together a quick A to Z with some ideas to help see us through. A lot of it is based on what I am doing for myself, but also including what other friends are doing. Here we go!!   A Accept the situation – we cant change it so have to go with the flow Appreciate what we...
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