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  1. 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...
  2. How will history compare the Covid 19 pandemic to the Spanish Flu 100 years ago?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon We have all experienced so much upheaval in our lives over the past 12 months – so thankful we have our roadmap to (hopefully) freedom in June here in the UK. Without going into the rights or wrongs of government policy and handling of the situation, how will we remember this period of our lives….and how will history look at it in 100 years time? What lessons can be taken forward should something similar happen in the future? Photos from the Spanish Flu Pandemic A really good friend of mine in Canada sent me these fabulous photos taken during the Spanish Flu pandemic. Apart from the fashions , so similar to how we are dealing with our pandemic today – with some rather...
  3. Should Influencers declare if they have had cosmetic procedures when promoting beauty products?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon With so much pressure on women to look ‘younger’ and with the rise of online influencers, should there be a mandatory disclaimer if the influencers have had surgical and non-surgical interventions? With the beauty industry launching new products every day with the promise of diminishing our wrinkles, fading age spots, tightening our jawlines and plumping our skin –  ( and there are some excellent skincare products out there that do make a difference to 50 plus skin) – should the way they are presented to us also be realistic? No cream can actually reduce wrinkles in the same way that botox does, so if we see a line free ‘influencer’ chat about the latest skincare product that they have used, should we...
  4. January Challenge to Stay Fabulous over 50: The Sex and the City Challenge!

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Today’s challenge is totally for fun!! With the news breaking last week that Sex and the City will be returning to our TV screen soon, albeit sadly without Kim Cattrall reprising her role as Samantha, I thought it would be fun to have a SATC themed challenge. I’m sure all three of the remaining characters will be fab after fifty….it will be interesting to see how fab!! It’s 20 years since SATC first appeared on our TV screens , and 10 years since the second SATC film. How much have the three SATC girls changed since we last followed their lives and friendships? Will we see a Carrie no longer fixated on ‘Big’ in...
  5. Start 2021 on a positive note: Introducing our New Year Challenge to stay Fabulous over 50

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    New Year New You Challenge! Typically the start of a New Year is when we set our goals and make plans for the year ahead, but as we say goodbye to 2020 (thank goodness) we start 2021 in less than ideal circumstances. So how do we start the year on a positive note? Nobody could have envisaged 12 months ago that we would be starting 2021 in less than ideal circumstances. Many of us are in partial or total lockdown (at the time of writing this I am in Tier 4 with all its associated restrictions) waiting to be inoculated with a vaccine which we are told will be our gateway to resuming a normal life. I know that I have found the past nine months challenging, I live alone and work from home and ordinarily I am very happy to do so, but I have always had...
  6. 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...
  7. 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? ...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
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