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  1. STIs don’t care about grey hair and wrinkles

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    Article by Fabafterfifty The sexual health charity FPA has warned of rising sexually transmitted infection (STI) rates and poor sexual health in groups of men and women aged over 50. This is going unnoticed, says FPA, because despite the over 50s being sexually active and starting new sexual relationships, campaigns and services are only targeted at the young. Almost 13,000 men and women over the age of 45 were diagnosed with an STI in 2009, double the numbers in 2000. Last year more men over 45 got genital herpes than 16–19 year old men and over 5,000 men and women over 45 were diagnosed with genital warts in 2009 alone. Chlamydia diagnosis in women has also gone up 95% in nine years. And calls to the FPA helpline have shot up...
  2. Toyboy or Old Romantic- Which would You Prefer?

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    Article by Fabafterfifty The Age of Romance. When it comes to dating and romance have our ‘on screen’ role models helped us to be more romantic that our younger counterparts? Perhaps the younger generation are missing out in the romance stakes as the bid to be equal in all areas of life may lead to a less chivalrous attitude to dating and relationships. An interesting find in the recent LoveGeist report is that, in general, the older a dater, the more romantic they are – the data points to a strong upwards curve in scores. We would argue that this is down, at least in part, to the upbringing of older daters, who would have been taught, by their own parents, by films and TV, perhaps even...
  3. Marriage Second Time Around and your Finances

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    by Sarah Pennells It may be a second marriage for one or both of you, but it’s still the start of a new life together. This time round you’re a little older and a lot wiser; you know yourself better and understand where you’re prepared to compromise and where you won’t. You’re also likely to be wealthier in your own right and that means you have to think about how getting married may affect your finances. Sorting Out Your Will if you Remarry Many people put off sorting out a will but it’s vital that you draw up a new one if you remarry. Many people – wrongly – believe that divorce invalidates a will. It doesn’t, but getting married does. If you already have a will: if your will...
  4. No Need to Accept a Single Life over 50

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    Article by Fabafterfifty  The LoveGeist Report findings show that humans are living longer, healthier lives than ever before – the current average life expectancy for men is 79 and for women is 82. By 2029, around the time that many of today’s younger daters will be starting to enter their mature years, we expect to see a sharp jump in life expectancy, to 82 for men and 86 for women thanks to medical and scientific improvements. And as the Future Foundation trend Ageless Society explores, this change is not just about living for longer – it is about working for longer, feeling (and, thanks to science, looking) younger, being in better health and more active as a result, having higher expectations, rejecting being regarded as elderly and so much...
  5. The Real Cougar Woman

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     Article by Linda Franklin  Linda Franklin, founder of therealcougarwoman.com, debunks the top five myths about older women who love younger men. Cougars are getting a bum rap – but you don’t need me to tell you that. The media is having a field day portraying women over 40 as predators with only one thing on their minds – prowling for “Grade A” choice beef. Of course, this cartoon characterization was undoubtedly conceived by some immature male in the midst of a juicy, X-rated fantasy – but too many people are buying into the hype and believing it’s true. There are so many myths circulating about cougars, and there is nothing I enjoy more than debunking them. Haven’t we worked too hard and busted through too many glass ceilings to sit quietly by? In...
  6. Looking for Mr Darcy (Winking at You)

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    Article by Penny Thornton I am in serious danger of becoming smug. There, I just caught sight of myself reflected in the clock face on my desk, a little self-satisfied smirk: I’m all right, Jack. And why? I have realized how wonderful it is to be married. Now, before you run away with the idea that I have the perfect marriage – I don’t – but I have had a taste of what it is like to be single and searching, and in your fifties. And it’s not for sissies. I have just spent six weeks with my friend, Laura, in Phoenix, Arizona. Laura’s husband, Matt, died eighteen months ago from a massive heart attack. She was there when it happened at three in...
  7. Never too Late for Love – Revelling in Midlife Love!

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    Article by Jackie Walker What does the term middle aged love birds do to you – does it make you cringe? For some reason we have an inbuilt thermometer which denotes that when our kids start finding love/sex/romance then we have to stop it!  It’s something for the younger generation. Just think about it for a second, when you were growing up your Mum and Dad didn’t ‘do it’ did they?!  Remember the discussions in the playground? Well, now you’re one of the middle aged parents – oh shock horror!  And worse still you’re single and want to have all those wonderful things in your life. There’s an added problem – it’s not just the kids who think yuck, it’s your married friends and those less warm spirited singles who haven’t got their own love...
  8. 4 Golden Rules of Dating in your 50s

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    Article by Karen Mooney   So the kids have grown up and you’ve just returned to the dating scene after being married for years. But dating is a whole different ball game now you’re in your fifties. Well don’t be disheartened just follow my four Golden Rules and make that good first impression, otherwise there will never be a second date. You’d be surprised how easily we can blow it, by saying, wearing or doing the wrong thing. Where to meet Choose a mutually convenient venue, lunchtime is good and a snack is better than a large meal – offer to go dutch. Don’t go somewhere too noisy – the cinema and theater are big no no’s for a first date as the whole idea is that you talk to each...
  9. Glossary of Internet Dating Terms

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    Louise Northwood Do you know how to ‘wink’ online?  Simple Guide to the language of love – Internet dating over fifty Profile- A written review, of which you are, what you like, who you would like to meet, should be the   truth, interesting and appealing. Shouldn’t give address details or full name? Password/Login- When you choose your password/login make it one you can remember which isn’t the same as any you use for internet banking or other personal logins, remember the admin of the site will have access to your log in details. Favourite– A fun way to wade through the thousands of people who are available and narrow them down to your “favourites” some sites will email you if someone has decided you are their favourite. Wink– A relaxed, fun, cheeky way to say...
  10. Mid-life dating: sex with someone new

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    Aricle written  by Christine Webber, psychotherapist and life coach Many SWOFties are seeking new partners and reigniting their love lives. If you cast your mind back to before you lost your virginity, the chances are that you were anxious about it. Getting sexually active again, after a break, can feel equally nerve-racking. But, take heart. Basically the act hasn’t changed since you last did it! And hopefully you’ll fit well with your new lover, and you’ll have a good time. In 2010, there are so many mid-life, single women that the Department for Work and Pensions has given them their own acronym – SWOFties (single women over fifty). And lots of SWOFties are seeking new partners and reigniting their love lives. Isn’t it great that so many of us of ‘a certain...
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