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  1. Are we experiencing social media overload? A life spent looking at screens!

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon For the past 5 years I have spent much of my day (and my evenings) looking at screens. Whether it has been writing copy, conducting research, editing videos or posting and interacting on social media. I am rarely anywhere without some sort of digital device with me, whether a phone,  tablet or laptop.   For various reasons I reached the end of 2015 exhausted, and when friends invited me to stay for a few days  for a little R&R I went- armed with a bag of technology, fully intending to keep up to date with all my social media accounts..but…..I really was exhausted. I took the radical decision (for me) to keep everything packed away…and avoid all screens, using my phone only for calls . Amazingly my world did not...
  2. The frustration of receiving nuisance sales calls on your mobile phone

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Am I the only one to be driven to distraction by the constant flow of unsolicited calls received on both my mobile and landline? Are we living in a age where privacy is no longer valued? Despite having registered my landline with the Telephone Preference service I still receive calls originating from outside of the UK, and I have no idea how to stop the sales calls coming through on my mobile.  In fact , having been a loyal customer to my phone network for 20 years, I am now looking to change provider. It would appear that once out of your official contract period they encourage 3rd parties to call you to tie you into a 2 year SIM only contract. It is not just the frequency of the call...
  3. Women over 50 : Ageless Living

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     I was invited recently to talk about ‘Ageless Living’ and the changing lifestyles and perceptions of women over 50 at a launch event for Origins new skincare range…Three Part Harmony. I thought I would share with you the talk I gave. Would love your views on ‘Ageless Living’ !   Did you know that one in six women turning 50 this year may well live to be 100? Most of us at the age of 50 have more adult years ahead of us than behind us – and we’re embracing those years with gusto! We are changing our approach to how we live, how we love and how we look. And, thankfully, the perception of who a woman over 50 is today is changing too. Although it might take some time...
  4. Over 50s Job Discrimination – New study finds older workers 25 times less likely to get a job interview

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon   An article in the Telegraph highlights worrying new research on age discrimination  – indicating that women over 50 are 25 times less likely to get a job interview than women in their late 20s even when they had the same level of job qualifications AND more experience  read full article in Telegraph. At a time when we are living longer and are expected to work for longer with changes in pension legislation increasing the age at which we are entitled to a state pension and with the elimination of the default retirement age  this is obviously an issue that needs to be addressed. In theory legislation is in place to prevent age discrimination, but in practice legislation cannot change attitudes.   I witnessed this first hand in my...
  5. Sixty Two Year Old Supermodel Marie Helvin Models New Lingerie Range

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    Article by Ceri wheeldon Whenever I run a feature on lingerie or swimwear I am always inundated with complaints that the models wearing the items are far younger than us – and the lack of 50plus models is detrimental to the brands looking to have us buy their range.   It’s good to see that retailer JD Williams has announced sixty two year old supermodel Marie Helvin as the face of its new lingerie range by Aliza Reger.   The iconic 1970s model and former wife of David Bailey has modelled the new 13 piece lingerie collection of bras, basques and briefs featuring lace panelling and floral prints.   Marie Helvin says; “I am thrilled to be modelling the debut collection of Always Aliza.  Janet Reger was such an iconic brand throughout my modelling career and it...
  6. What is the link between wearing makeup and food banks?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon When I was asked to talk about women over 50 and makeup on a radio show, I wasn’t expecting the topic to be linked to food banks! Following the announcement of the results of a recent study where it was revealed that women over 50 spend more money on beauty products than their younger counterparts, I was asked to participate in a radio interview on BBC Tees to discuss.  I was told that another participant spent very little on beauty/cosmetic products, so they just wanted to confirm that my views ahead of time.  I assured them that one look at my bathroom cupboard would reveal taht I am veru much a product junkie. In fact when I travel I think my lotions and potions probably take...
  7. What do middle-aged men see when they look in the bathroom mirror?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon ‘What do you think men see when they come out of the shower and look in the mirror?’ is the question posed by one friend over  a girls lunch. ‘My husband  comes out of the bathroom strutting around like a peacock, whereas I (after cleaning the shower) look in the mirror see where everything has drooped or wrinkled and come out of the bathroom feeling deflated’. ‘Does the mirror treat men more kindly? Or do they  not see that extra  tyre around the middle or that face that has not aged well, seeing instead a youthful image of themselves  and possessing a confidence that makes them feel they can still conquer the world .’ Do they really not see the...
  8. Mr Darcy or Christian Grey? Which is your fantasy?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon A (male) friend very kindly suggested that due to the success of 50 Shades of Grey, did I think perhaps I should make the Fab after Fifty website a little ‘raunchier?  Perhaps the success of the film indicated that readers of the website might like me to spice things up a little . Good point . But do we ladies of a certain age  lust over a Christian Grey type character or do we prefer the more romantic image of a Mr Darcy (memories of Colin Firth in THAT wet shirt!!). Or a mix of the two. Do we want gentle romantic hero in the genre of Jane Austen or the provocative hero of EL James? A...
  9. A YouTube Channel for Women Over 50.

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon It’s  hard to believe that the Fab after Fifty  website was launched ( in a very low key and modest way with a couple of tweets) nearly 5 years ago. Over those 5 years I have had the privilege of meeting some fabulous women who inspire, and have met all sorts of experts who can really add value to many aspects of our lives – from how we look. how we manage our health, and ideas for travel and lifestyle. Sometimes it’s hard to get the full message across in a written post on the website, which is why I will now be looking to share more video content. We will be embedding the videos on the site itself – but you can also go straight to YouTube to watch all the videos together. Videos posted so far include: Beauty product reviews...
  10. As Julianne Moore wins an Oscar at 54 she shows that women over 50 are VERY visible!

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon As Julianne Moore takes the top accolade in Hollywood as she accepted her Oscar – she showed that being a woman and actress over 50 is no barrier to success – or visibility. Julianne Moore had been nominated for an Oscar on four previous occasions – but s was her role  in Still Alice where she portrays  an Alzheimer’s patient that won her the coveted award. It was a role that ONLY a mature actress could portray. A role which also increases awareness of the impact Alzheimer’s has on lives in our ageing society. It is refreshing to see an actress who embraces her age win an Oscar for a role which highlights an issue facing many in our age group. Apparently there are 42,000 people in the UK living with early...
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