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  1. Are we building a Dementia Friendly Society?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Most of us today know someone whose life has been affected by dementia.  With an ageing population the incidence of those being diagnosed with dementia will continue to increase.I attended an online webinar talking about the challenges and some of the solutions facing us here in the UK. Looking ahead to 2030, the number of people living with dementia is estimated to increase to 76 million. The odds of getting dementia are 1 in 100 for those in their 60s, while it’s just 1 in 20 for those in their 70s I was amazed to learn that in some parts of the UK, only 20% of those with dementia are actually diagnosed.   So what are the key issues?   Professor Graham Stokes who is the Global Director of Dementia Care at Bupa...
  2. Bound Feet Blues A One Woman Show by Yang-May Ooi: Review

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon   A thought provoking and moving one woman show,  Yang- May Ooi shares her own life experience through the shoes she has worn and compares how the shoes we wear affect our lives and perceptions of us to the Chinese practice of foot binding. Yang-May Ooi  shares fascinating insights as to how the lives of generations of her own family were affected by having their feet bound..or not! Is this tradition of binding feet in order to pursue ideal beauty so different to what we do today in terms of nips and tucks to achieve perceived ideals? Although we may think of foot binding as barbaric, was the creation of the Golden Lotus foot, created through binding, breaking bones and cutting tendons in order to have the ‘beautiful’ feet to capture the best husband...
  3. Silver Sisters Strut!

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    Article by Anna Letitia Cook Silver Sisters Strut is a movement that was founded by Diana Jewell the author of a book about going grey. I discovered it from a picture on pinterest which I thought was fabulous – a group of silver haired women with arms linked strutting in Times Square. (Originally from an article by Suzanne de Chillo in The New York Times). They believe in celebrating silver hair; they want to show how grey hair is naturally beautiful, that ageing is glorious. They are the epitome of assured, dynamic women, secure in their beliefs, ageing gracefully and with strength! Why do so many people, (usually those who have dyed their locks), think that grey hair, particularly long, grey hair makes you look like a crazy witch or a...
  4. Meeting the Dalai Lama

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    Article by Lesley Freeman   We first introduced Lesley when she shared her story behind her book and her work with Tibetan children, here Lesley shares her emotional return to India, and her meeting with the Dalai Lama. On 9th September 2002, through special delivery post, I received the foreword for my book from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.  I had given up hope of being one of the very few writers to receive this extremely special “gift”, so I was extremely surprised and remember crying and shaking.  Accompanying the Foreword was a letter, requesting 2 copies of my book for the Tibetan Library in Dharamsala. It wasn’t until 2011 that I found the courage to begin the publishing process and on 29th April 2013 at Tibet House I hosted the launch...
  5. Why taking a lunch break is good for you.

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    Article by Fab after Fifty Do you skip lunch? Not take a break? Work right through the day even if working from home? Well perhaps it’s time to have a rethink. I’m as guilty as the next in getting engrossed in my work and not taking time out to eat, but new research suggests that our commitment to our desks could be doing us more harm than good. Research from Caffè Nero reveals that despite nearly 40% of us feeling re-energised (37.9%), a third of us feeling happier (31.9%), a fifth more focused (21.3%) and 16% (16.35%) more motivated after a lunchbreak, nearly one in ten Brits (9.5%) never take a break at all, and 15% of us do lunch ‘al desko’. Most famous for its range of espresso based coffees,...
  6. Season’s change: Lady T’s top tips on owning autumn: transitions and resolutions

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    Article by Lady Terry Robinson   As the seasons change and summer fades into memory, Lady T aka: author Therese has put together some tops tips to make the transition into autumn whether it’s setting goals, re-inventing yourself or making some realistic resolutions for the season ahead.   “It’s hard to ignore the Back to School signs in the shop windows, the dust in the streets, the yellowing of the leaves and the shift in the air as the days get shorter. Programmed by my own years at school, then again as a teacher and parent, I can never escape the rhythm of the academic year. I take stock, reassess, set goals and make resolution that are far more realistic than the perennial ones abandoned in the first week of January. Fresh starts are not just...
  7. Kasha Grimes on winning Mrs UK Globe Classic 2015 at the age of 53

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    Article by Fab after Fifty Let’s welcome back Kasha Grimes, business entrepreneur and recently crowned Mrs UK Globe Classic 2015. We chatted to Kasha back in March this year and fell in love with her zest for life and desire to get us 50-plus ladies firmly on the global (pardon the pun) map. This is what Kasha had to say: I was extremely honoured to be approached back in March by Fab after Fifty to share the chronicles of my life with other like-minded ladies who are looking forward to living life to the full in the next half of the century. It certainly has been a busy time, carrying out all my commitments at work and home, as well as fulfilling my continued passion for pageantry. For those ladies who did not see my previous...
  8. Who would you like to look like in a bikini over 50? Helen Mirren or Elle Macpherson?

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    It seems many women over 50 were inspired by those bikini photos of Helen Mirren a couple of years ago. Helen Mirren,now 70), is the celebrity most 50+ women hope to look like on the beach, results from a poll by the retailer JD Williams has revealed. Mirren was named the out and out winner in a Facebook poll of 2,000 women, when asked to vote which celebrity looks best on the beach. Other celebrities such as Jerry Hall, Goldie Hawn and Lorraine Kelly also ranked highly. Carie Barkhuizen, spokesperson for JD Williams says; “Helen is the epitome of 50+ and fabulous. She has embraced her age and shape with style and grace.” It seems more women over 50 are now buying bikinis. The celebrity poll was conducted by the retailer after...
  9. Lorraine Kelly on designing clothes for women over 50

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon I met with Lorraine a few months ago at the start of her venture with JD Williams – we talked all things about life and style over 50 and of course clothes!! At the time Lorraine’s own designs weren’t available to buy – they have been for a while now , but when I met with Lorraine she was keen to stress just how hands on she was in the process and the amount of thought she gave to each of her designs.  There was one dress in particular that I really liked a) because I loved the freshness of the colours b) it has sleeves and c) the detail on the back. ...
  10. Sex in Advertising Sells: So why NOT to the Over 50s?

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    By Geoffrey Rowan   The Trouble with Good Old Sex Marketers have a sex problem. They slather it liberally onto any brand surface where it might stick – the ultimate consumption aphrodisiac. No one gets fired from a marketing job for saying, “sex sells.” But at the same time, they ignore or alienate the source of half of all household spending because sexy older people … well – that’s ridiculous. The failing of marketers is that we tend to prematurely sexualize young people, and prematurely desexualize older people. Teens and pre-teens, soaking in their volatile stew of hormonal dysphoria, are bombarded with images and messages they can’t or shouldn’t understand, with dangerous ramifications that they are massively unprepared to deal with. The marketers’ message: “Think sexy, be sexy, be sexier. No, even sexier.” Meanwhile, mature...
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