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  1. Why is it important to build an independent life over 50? 7 top tips to prepare for a single life

    Article by Ceri Wheeldon At times it seems that the world is full of couples, and if you are married or in a long term relationship, it is so easy to slip into being one half of a couple, instead of an individual. It is a hard fact of life, however, that most women will find themselves living alone at some point. Just watching the much acclaimed Fabulous Fashionistas highlighted how life had changed for those women in the programmes who found themselves widowed – one after a happy 54 year marriage. They had all embraced this new stage of their lives with gusto! We never know when , or for what reason we may find ourselves...
  2. Are you in a bullying relationship?

    Article by Dr Lynda Shaw  Playground bullying, work place bullying, cyber bullying and teenagers bullying their parents, there are many types of bullying, all of which are totally unacceptable.  This article however, is going to address relationship bullying, the type that goes on between an adult couple. It is important to note that bullies are both male and female.  It’s hard for a man to admit that his female partner is bullying him, but it happens as much as the other way round and is nothing to be ashamed of (unless you are the bully).  Equally we need to remember that a lot of bullying leaves no visible marks; verbal and emotional bullying happen behind closed doors and can be devastating. What is the psychological profile of a bullying...
  3. 5 Tips to help navigate money during a divorce in our 50s and 60s – free webinar

    Article by Helen Collier I’m delighted to be writing for Fab after Fifty women out there.  As a money coach I’m on a mission to help women who find managing money stressful and anxiety provoking. I help them create financial lives they can be proud. Recent reports have shown that divorce rates for the over 50’s and even more so the over 60’s are rising. Whatever the reason what is certain is that very rarely will anyone be better off financially after the divorce than they were during their marriage.  If this is where you find yourself or you have a friend in that position, read on.  Whether we chose divorce or we have divorce forced upon on us here’s a few tips to help you through as...
  4. Top Tips for dating over 50 from Dr Wendy Walsh, author of The 30-Day Love Detox

    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon For those of us returning to dating over 50 it can be daunting, especially as the landscape of dating has changed enormously since we first dated in our teens and twenties. I had the opportunity to catch up with Dr Wendy Walsh, psychotherapist and author of several books on relationships, on her thoughts and tips for dating over 50. Online Dating So many people confuse the purpose of online dating. The whole purpose of online dating is to MEET online- not date online! If you do connect with someone online try to meet them as soon as possible. If you agree to talk on the phone, you are not committed to actually meeting that person. Likewise, your first meeting- ideally casually over coffee, should not be thought of...
  5. Male Menopause needs to be talked about

    Article by Dr Lynda Shaw There is a common misconception that male menopause is just a derogatory term used by women (colloquially sometimes called “man-opause) to explain irritable moods and lack of energy, but as a cognitive neuroscientist and ageing specialist I believe that it is an issue that many 40 to 60 year old men may suffer from and isn’t to be taken lightly. Women are not the only ones who suffer the effects of changing hormones. Doctors are noticing that men are reporting some of the same symptoms that women experience in menopause but it may not be as well defined. Men do experience a decline in the production of the male hormone testosterone with ageing.  Unlike menopause in women, when hormone production stops completely, testosterone decline...
  6. Stereotypes do not exist when looking for love over 50

    Article by Dr Lynda Shaw  Why do people look for love after 50?  Is it because they dislike being on their own?  Or perhaps they just want someone to go to dinner parties and on holiday with?   Is it because they need someone to help look after the house?  Of course the answers vary depending on whom we speak to, so to find out more I asked a few people and quickly realised that stereoptypes and ageism do not exist. For instance, one chap told me that he used to think he was in love with his wife whom he married in his twenties.   But since their divorce he had met a woman who had really shown him what love truly means.  I...
  7. Do women re-think their relationship when they turn 50?

    Article by Cat Williams As a relationship counsellor I would say yes, women do re-evaluate and re-think their relationships in their 50’s and 60’s because it is often a time in our lives when we feel a new sense of freedom. Our children are likely to have ‘flown’ and we might therefore be able to make new choices and might have new needs and expectations.  I think there is also a sense of responsibility to ‘make the most of life’ before health issues might concern us, or grandchildren might limit us, and so on.  We might have a sense of fear that if we don’t ‘get things right’ we might have regrets later on, or we might be trying to compensate for regrets we have about the past. It can...
  8. Can you overcome and move on from a cheat or affair?

    Article by Cat Williams Can relationships survive an affair? Relationships expert Cat Williams explores…. The real reason why affairs happen. Before we choose to have an affair, whatever the circumstances, we are experiencing a period of low self-esteem. We usually know that an affair is probably not a good idea but we don’t know how to fix or improve our current relationship, so if an opportunity to have an affair is presented, we may take it to feel better about ourselves. Being wanted by someone else, especially secretly, gives a great boost to our self-esteem. What happens next? Once the affair is disclosed or discovered, it usually has an impact on the self-esteem of both partners. The person who had the affair usually feels even worse about himself or herself than ever, and...
  9. Are you single and lonely? Bored in your relationship? Top Valentine’s tips for relationships from Dr Ro

    Article by Dr Rohan Weerasinghe Valentine’s Day can highlight a number of different relationship issues, many of which could be addressed at any time of the year. From reigniting a relationship which has become stale in midlife, to addressing feelings of loneliness if you are single, Dr RO addresses questions and emotions that people feel or want to ask about but are often afraid to ask: How to reignite a stale relationship in midlife I love and care for my partner but we have lost our connection – what can I do to re-ignite it? Firstly it is important not to feel alone in this experience – I have met hundreds of couples who experience this. Valentine’s Day is a great day to take advantage of as if gives you a chance...
  10. Do you worry that you look older than your partner?

    Article by Fabafterfifty As couples stay together, they age together, but do we appear to age at the same rate, and does it worry you if people assume that you are the older of the two, even if you are in fact younger? I know at least one friend who is five years younger than her husband, but most people assume that she is married to a younger man. Does it upset her? Yes. It seems she is not alone, although for others perceptions are changing. There has always been an assumption that women are more susceptible to age faster than men, but  research conducted by YSL shows that this stereotype is starting to change. ”Women have always been much more aware of the aging process, and as a result this may mean they are making...
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