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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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,...
  5. 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....
  6. 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...
  7. Inspirational Women Over 50

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon How we live in our 50s and beyond has changed dramatically for our generation. There are so many inspirational women who lead by example. I have chosen 7 women who inspire me. Some are public figures, others are women I have been privileged to connect with through my Fab after Fifty activities. All inspire in very different ways. Who would you add to the list? The Queen At a time when we are all expected to work for longer, what better example could we have than the Queen.  I appreciate that she may be living a life of luxury, but nobody can question her commitment and sense of duty. She continues to work in her 90s. I don’t think I will ever forget her...
  8. Are you ready to join the Age Proud Revolution?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Is 2019 the year women will stop lying about their age? This  is the headline I woke up to this morning.   According to one of the world’s top trend predictors, this is the year when we will become ‘age proud’. Marian Salzman predicts that  age will now become a badge of honour But what about those of us who have been age proud for some  time? When I set up Fab after Fifty, an unbelievable 9 years ago, it was because I was so frustrated at the apparent ageism in the recruitment process when it came to women ( was a headhunter) and the out of date perceptions of how a 50 something woman viewed herself, her life and the world. I...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
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