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  1. Job search over 50: What do you do when you are rejected for a role on the basis of ‘having too much experience’?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon This is a common issue  50plus jobseekers encounter. How do you respond to this? What are the reasons for the potential employer’s concerns? They may assume that you will be using the role simply as a stopgap until you are able to find another position with the same level of seniority and responsibly as your previous position. They may be concerned about the dynamics of you reporting into somebody who may have less experience than you. To address these concerns you need to be able to open up the conversation in a non defensive and non confrontational way. One suggestion I make is to ask a question along the lines of ‘what experience in particular would you like me to forget?’....
  2. Autumn Style Picks to look Fabulous over 50: 6 Dresses with Sleeves

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon 2020 has been a strange and challenging year for most of us. I know in chatting to my own friends we have never felt less motivated to go and buy new clothes as both our work and social lives have changed beyond all recognition. We have been very much relying on shopping in our own wardrobes! But,  even with more restrictions predicted (just as we were starting to embrace a new sense of normality) , the occasional new item of clothing can serve to give us a lift – even if its just to relax at home or jump on a Zoom call. I have found that I have been wearing my more relaxed clothes over the...
  3. How to avoid gaining weight when working from home

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      You may have heard jokes about the quarantine fifteen. For many adults, spending more time at home is making them gain weight. Almost 50% of women and 25% of men said they’ve put on pounds due to COVID-19 restrictions, according to a WebMD poll. There are several reasons for this. Gyms have been closed, we are not using calories commuting, emotional eating is a convenient way to deal with boredom and anxiety. Plus, your refrigerator now remains within easy reach throughout the day and night. Learn how to keep off the quarantine weight gain. Use these tips for eating healthy, staying active, and managing stress when you’re stuck at home.   Eating Healthy:   Plan your menu. Create new routines that encourage a balanced diet. Figure out what you’re going...
  4. Review of Olympia The Film: Inspirational documentary about the life of Olympia Dukakis

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    Review by Ceri Wheeldon I love to learn from inspirational women – and this documentary film about Oscar winning actress Olympia Dukakis offers plenty to inspire. The film starts as the cameras follow Olympia being inducted into the Hollywood Hall of Fame at the age of 82. Although gracious, Olympia comes across as being rather bemused by the whole proceedings. It is evident that her passion is acting – rather than celebrity – but it also shows that it is never too late to achieve and be recognised for those achievements!! The daughter of Greek immigrant parents, Olympia hit barriers at every turn in her early acting career for being too ‘ethnic’. Not one to be deterred from her goals , she set up her...
  5. Midlife Real Life Chat Show: Coming out of Lockdown- the issues and challenges

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    As Lockdown restrictions are relaxed, we are all coping with the changes in different ways. For many the transition out of full lockdown is not easy. We are all coping in different ways and approaching easing out of Lockdown in ways that suit us and our individual circumstances. In this episode of the Midlife Real Life chat show we have as our guest psychologist Dr Louise Pendry as we discuss the anxiety around emerging from Lockdown, coping with socialising while maintaining the two metre distance, how we have changed during lockdown, whether our age plays a factor in how we cope with Lockdown. We also talk about how we prepare for work post lockdown ….and more. Questions we ask about coming out of Lockdown include: When lockdown started most people embraced it, but now restrictions are being eased, many are finding it difficult to start socialising – even...
  6. Tips for choosing the right maxi dress over 50

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon   With the glorious weather we had during May, I found myself wearing my maxi dresses far earlier than normal. At one time I used to confine them to holidays only, but in recent years I have been wearing them as a good everyday option, wearing with cropped jackets and trainers during the day , and strappy sandals or wedges for going out in the evenings. I have searched for some new ones to order this season- here are some of my favourites. Tips for choosing the right maxi dress over 50: Select a dress that doesn’t have too much fabric and overwhelm you – there are a lot of semi-fitted and shirt style maxis available this season – which are great...
  7. 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...
  8. Reinventing Yourself Over 50 – The French Way: Part One

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    Article by Meredith Keeve a.k.a. The Wandering Parisian   France, and particularly French women – of a certain age – give us valuable insight, and set useful examples of how to tackle the health, wealth or emotional challenges of the years ahead.   French culture is very strong, and French history an important factor in French life, and this history includes a very rugged streak of individualism, a kind of refusal to accept, a desire to fight for the things you believe in (welcome to the strikes we all know about!). France’s most iconic women from Simone de Beauvoir to Catherine Deneuve or Jeanne Moreau have all been completely independent thinkers, each one – in a sense – happily selfish, making sure her choices...
  9. Launching the NEW Fab after Fifty Podcast

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      I have wanted to launch a podcast for so long – having been privileged to connect with and interview so many inspirational people since launching the Fab after Fifty website. I have spent the last few months interviewing and editing a number of episodes  (another learning curve and more technology to come to grips with!)  and hope you enjoy listening to them as much as I have enjoyed chatting to my guests. I am planning a mixture of episodes – some will be interviews with women who have reinvented their lives, others will be discussions with experts who can offer tips on how we can live our best possible lives over 50. Episodes will cover diverse topics ranging from style, ageism in the workplace,...
  10. 3 Unforgettable Holidays for Empty Nesters

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      Have you spent the last 20 years holidaying on a campsite, staying with relatives, or booking resorts close-to-home because it’s easy with the kids? If you’re planning your first holiday without them, take 5 and start dreaming about the kinds of things you’d like to do with your precious relaxation time… Although you might want to keep quiet about your plans – even if your kids have reached the age where it’s not ‘cool’ to go on holiday with you anymore, they may well change their minds once they hear about these amazing adventures… Travel Around Thailand in 5 star Style: Phuket, Khao Sok & Krabi Stay 5 nights at The Shore by Katathani in Phuket + 2 nights at Elephant Hills Luxury...
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