Watch Out Over 50’s – 2016 is Your Year
There are few things that terrify a woman more than the thought of ageing, and according to a survey conducted as recently as 2012, it seems that women in Britain actually feel invisible by the time they turn 46…never mind over 50.
In recent years, there has been a push to recognise and even stamp out ageism in Hollywood, which let’s face it, is a major trend setter for the rest of the world. While progress has been made over the years, it seems that 2016 might finally be the year that woman say goodbye to the stigma surrounding a woman who turns 50.
Bringing Ageism to Light
It is important to talk about ageism and the stigma surrounding women in their 50’s because it brings to light the stark difference between what many people believe, and what science says about someone at this age. For example, it is believes that it is around their mid 40’s that women begin to really age and lose their looks, but according to ageing expert Sir Muir Gray, ageing isn’t actually a problem until someone enters their 90’s. He believes that ageing is truly just a state of mind, and it’s high time that everyone else follows suit.
As Gray states, the fact that so many people “feel their age” at a much younger age has more to do with society’s pessimistic view on ageing, and once this is internalized, people begin to reflect these views back to society.
Hollywood, the Ultimate Trend Setter
As Hollywood begins to age, people’s views on ageing will be forced to change, especially as people see some of their favourite actresses and models turn 50. By continuing to lead fulfilling careers, bare children and even go on world tours, celebrities are helping women throughout the world challenge their own perceptions of ageing, and what this means for them.
In an interesting study conducted by Spring Chicken, it was found that people in their 50’s actually live in a very similar way to people in their 30’s. This certainly puts the theory to rest that people need to “get old” at a certain age, and begin “acting their age”. It seems that the pace of people’s lives don’t slow once they age, and they still lead active social and professional lives. With famous names like Salma Hayek, Cindy Crawford and Alan Davies turning 50 in 2016, it will certainly be easier for the rest of us to follow suit.