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  1. Age Diversity at the Oscars – as Renee Zellweger, Brad Pitt and Laura Dern All Win over 50

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon There has been a lot of criticism about the lack of diversity in this year’s awards season for the film industry – but one box that was definitely ticked was the ‘age’ box. Renee Zelleweger, Brad Pitt and Laura Dern all won Oscars last night. All are over 50 and have had the opportunity to portray some of the best roles of their careers – and the viewing audience and their peers have acknowledged and appreciated their performances. No longer are this generation of actors and actresses being overlooked, playing the token mother (or grandparent) role. They are playing leading roles and proving that talent does not diminish following a milestone birthday. The cinema going public and Netflix streamers want to see them. Will...
  2. What does 50 look like?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon There has been some discussion on this topic over on the Fab after Fifty Facebook page. It started when I posted a quote ‘ The difference between being invisible over 50 and Fabulous over 50 is mindset’. Very simple, and I had not foreseen anything controversial in the statement. What did cause the controversy however, was the image I had posted. I had selected an image of a vibrant woman running on a beach. The first comment on this post was somebody criticising the image – saying...
  3. Time for the fashion and beauty industry to wake up to the potential of women over 50

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Readers of Fab after Fifty have long been complaining that they feel they are being overlooked by the fashion industry – and it is a topic that we have highlighted frequently on the website over the years – in fact I once was invited to comment on no fewer that 16 radio programmes in one day when a survey highlighting how women over 50 felt their needs were not being met by the High Street was published. Those brands who claim to cater to women over 50 may include a small number of high profile celebrities in their advertising campaigns, but when you click through online to make a purchase, the clothes are modelled by much younger women.  Something I receive lots of...
  4. How many ways are there to age : Should we follow rules on how to age?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon I always find it amazing that people will behave in a way online that they would not dream (or at least I would hope not) if they were to meet in real life. This week comments coming through have related to how some people believe women ‘ought’ to age – and how I should present myself as somebody encouraging others to embrace ageing and live their best life over 50. I have become accustomed to having comments posted on my YouTube channel regarding whether or my eyes are ‘wonky’, the fact my hair is blonde and not grey, I talk too fast  – all probably true, but this week I encountered a new one ‘stop filling your face with BOTOX and...
  5. Is Ageism the next #MeToo?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon According to Carol Vorderman who has become an ambassador to address ageism on behalf of a well known life insurance company- it should be. She says in the press  what many of us have been saying for many years- ageism is the last taboo. Should it be the next #MeToo? I think it’s unfortunate that she has waited to become so vocal on this topic until she is seemingly paid to do so- but I agree with her sentiment. I’m not sure that choosing to highlight the effect of ageism by choosing to share the reaction to a dress  (very short and very low cut) she wore on the red carpet at the BAFTAs nearly 20 years ago is perhaps the...
  6. The Over 50s are Assets in the Workplace NOT Liabilities

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon I have been a long term campaigner for addressing ageism in the workplace. I was really pleased to be asked to contribute an article to People Management magazine ( the HR Professionals official publication) explaining how women over 50 are affected by ageism in the recruitment process. This illustrates that the HR profession has taken note and that it is being taken seriously.  As the population ages so does the workforce – it is a major problem facing most of the major economies and needs to be addressed. In fact the country needs us to work.  In 2025 it is  forecast that there will be 13.5 million vacancies – with only 7 million young people leaving school/college and entering...
  7. Is Ageism in the Workplace affecting women’s decisions NOT to go grey?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon I attended an event over the weekend covering the topic of ageism in the fashion industry (organised by the Bias Cut.com). It was interesting to see how the discussion progressed to include ageism in the workplace in general. There is a trend currently on social media for women to share their ‘going grey’ journeys, it has almost become the case that if you choose not to  go grey you are letting down the sisterhood. Personally I believe that hair colour is a very personal choice at any age. Not all women even go grey (at the moment I’m one of them).  There should be no rules when it comes to how we should look over 50. We...
  8. Fab after Fifty Welcomes the Inaugural Champion Age Diversity Day

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Great to see ageism being taken seriously and brought ‘centre stage’ with the inaugural  ‘Champion Age Diversity Day’  on June 11th. While diversity is key for any successful business, there are still issues to be resolved in ensuring that age is no longer a barrier to individuals seeking or wishing to remain in employment , and that ageism is no longer a barrier for employers to engage and retain an older workforce. The demographic of our workforce is changing as the population ages, and pension age increases. In times of high employment and an acknowledged skills shortage, companies can’t afford to ignore the benefits older workers bring to the workplace. Gender, disability and race have been on the agenda for diversity and inclusion in the workplace,...
  9. Is the term Mid-Life derogatory?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon I was at an event earlier this week, talking with a group of people about Midlife and the Midlife MOT programme. The conversation was positive, upbeat, and mostly a dialogue about taking stock of our lives today, planning for the future, living life to the full, etc etc. But then one lady voiced her concerns about the term ‘Mid-life’. She stated that she was 54, and still felt 18, and would take  exception to anyone suggesting that she was ‘midlife’. In fact she was extremely vocal. Somebody else in the group pointed out that they did not consider the term ‘mid-life’ as negative at all, but did consider it to be descriptive of a stage of life....
  10. Results of the Fab after Fifty Midlife Survey

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon 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...
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