Why Women Over 50 Love Their Age Today

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WHO SAYS WOMEN OVER 50 DON’T HAVE FUN OR DON’T LOVE THEIR AGE? AND WHO SAYS THEY ARE “OVER THE HILL”?

 

On the cusp of her 50th birthday, Katie Couric became the first female solo anchor of a national evening news show, and today is making inroads in the new format of online news at Yahoo.

 

At 57, Diane Keaton produced her seventh movie and played the heartthrob to 39-year-old Keanu Reeves in “Something’s Gotta Give”.

 

At 61, actress Susan Sarandon is still the American prototype for the sexy older woman, a title she claimed in her 40s.

 

“A seasoned woman is spicy,” writes Gail Sheehy, the over-50-and-proud author of Passages and founder of the Seasoned Women’s Network online. “She has been marinated in life experience. She is at the peak of her influence and power. She is committed to living fully and passionately in the second half of life, despite failures and false starts.”

 

What do women think is the best thing about turning 50?

To find out, WEBMD’s Jeanie Lerch Davis asked WebMD readers, as well as a doctor (Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom); a clinical psychologist (Nancy O’Reilly, PsyD); and a retirement lifestyle specialist (Cynthia Barnett, EdD). We also checked out what prominent authors Shirley W. Mitchell (Fabulous After 50 and Sensational After 60) and Jane Ganahl (Naked on the Page: The Misadventures of My Unmarried Midlife) had to say about women aging, then sprinkled in a few observations from 60 Minutes’ crusty humorist Andy Rooney.

Women Over 50 Are Freer

1. After turning 50 I felt liberated. I felt like I could say what I wanted to say, do things I wanted to do, and wear things I wanted to wear. — WebMD:Suezee52

2. At 50, if you use condoms it’s for safe sex, not for avoiding pregnancy. What a relief when that’s not a worry anymore! — J. Ganahl

3. We don’t sweat the little things any more — and we’ve learned that darn near everything is a little thing! WebMD: — Clara38

4. The woman over 50 makes her relationship with herself No. 1. The kids are grown. She’s learned to let them go and stopped worrying about them. — N. O’Reilly

5. You say “screw it” to plastic surgery. I read somewhere that more women in their 40s get plastic surgery than in their 50s. I think it’s because once you hit 50, you don’t care. You say, “I am who I am.” — J. Ganahl

6. In their 50s, women realize they don’t have to have a mate. They realize it’s OK not to have a date everywhere you go. — N. O’Reilly

7.  You get new hair, new clothes, to match who you want to be. You don’t feel old, look old, or act old. — S. Mitchell

8. Nobody’s going to fault her for using Botox, dermabrasion, getting a nip and tuck. She can be who she wants to be, make her own choices. She can be a redhead one week, a blonde the next. You can tell her you like or don’t like it — but that doesn’t mean she’s going to follow your advice. — N. O’Reilly

Women Over 50 Are Powerful

9. A world of opportunities opens up when you turn 50. Today, there are entire web sites, companies, and services devoted to the over-50 demographic. Find your niche in that market. — S. Mitchell

10. Women over 50 are a powerful market force in today’s economy. Women buy 80% of consumer goods and services, and among the 80 million baby boomers, that’s power. — N. O’Reilly

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11. Women over 50 are president, CEO, and the star of their own lives. If you have the attitude that life is precious, that life is grandiose, that you don’t want to waste any time, you will make this quality time. — S. Mitchell

12. The entrepreneurial spirit is booming in 50-year-old women. She’s following her dreams, starting her own business. She’s forming partnerships with other women’s businesses. She knows that collaboration is a valuable part of being successful. — N. O’Reilly

Women Over 50 Are Self-Assured

13. You know what you like and what you don’t like. If someone is trying to talk you into wearing pink because it’s trendy, you don’t let them influence you. There’s wonderful self-trust when you hit 50. — C. Northrup

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14. You’ve learned that you can depend on yourself and you are open to new opportunities. You can accept change, tackle life, and move on. — S. Mitchell

15. There’s no such thing as “dressing 50.” We’re past the point when someone can say you’re dressing too young. Women know themselves, what looks good on them, and dress to complement the assets they have. — N. O’Reilly

Women Over 50 Are Sexy

16. Once you get past a wrinkle or two, a woman over 50 is far sexier than her younger counterpart. — A. Rooney

17. I look better today than when I was in my 30s. I am 87 lbs. lighter and dress to show my figure-8 curves. — WebMD: Edie90601

18. Women in their 50s make great lovers. Going through menopause can be extremely freeing. As she ages, her sexuality becomes more important, and she is better able to enjoy it. — N. O’Reilly

19. You’ve gotten over the “nice girls don’t” thing. Hopefully you’ve finally gotten over that! You know yourself sexually — and if you don’t, this is the time to find out. — C. Northrup

20. I am working out, shopping, traveling, and enjoying my friends more and often. I lost weight and my style of dressing has changed. I am now wearing hip-hugging jeans, leather — everything. Even my sex life has improved. — WebMD: Jackson922

21. A woman over 50 looks good wearing bright red lipstick. This is not true of younger women or drag queens. — A. Rooney

Women Over 50 Have More Fun

22. You can finally get the car you’ve always wanted. You can toss the minivan and really indulge yourself. — J. Ganahl

23. We’ve learned that being older is the perfect excuse to get out of something we didn’t want to do anyway. — WebMD: Clara38

24. You’ve learned to appreciate spontaneous humor, for it gives life a spicy flavor. You laugh a lot, and laugh out loud. You let the child within you play. You don’t have to be “perfect” because no one’s perfect. — S. Mitchell

25. I am self-employed and having fun. I am taking classes at the local university and surprisingly made friends with students of all ages. — WebMD: Edie90601

26. When you’re over 50, you have the freedom to date for the fun of it. It’s more about do we have chemistry and am I hot for him? — J. Ganahl

27. You recognize that talent does not know age. You learn the value of taking risks, pushing your personal comfort level, reinventing yourself. — S. Mitchell

28. At this age, almost all men are younger than you, so might as well date them. People look at you less askance for dating younger men. — J. Ganahl

29. A woman over 50 will not lay next to you in bed and ask “What are you thinking?” She doesn’t care what you think. — A. Rooney

30. You learn to fuel your life from your inner wisdom, from your soul. Your life only works well if it’s fueled from what’s really true inside, not from what’s current in magazines. — C. Northrup

 

31. Your sense of personal style comes together. After decades of experimenting, you learn what feels comfortable, what looks dazzling. — J. Ganahl

32. You really have learned who you are as a person, what your likes and dislikes are. It makes life ever so much more pleasant and joyful and simpler when you know. The downside is, it makes it hard to find people to date because you’re so much more selective. — J. Ganahl

Women Over 50 Are Wise

33. At 50, you realize that life is big, much bigger than you ever knew. You see that life has this ability to be very healing, that the full implications of events aren’t always evident. What you might think is awful can turn out to be a blessing. — C. Northrup

34. Women get psychic with age. You never have to confess your sins to a woman over 50. They always know. — A. Rooney

35. It’s a time of self-reflection. You thought the glass ceiling would make you happy and fulfilled. Now you’re looking for your purpose in life, looking for work you love to do. — C. Barnett

36. She knows the value of mentoring. There are younger women out there who want role models. A woman over 50 has wisdom to offer. — N. O’Reilly

37. You know the wisdom of surrender. You’re right that your ex-husband wronged you. You can spend the rest of your life beating that drum, but that’s the road to bitterness. There is wisdom in letting go of your grievances. You begin to know what’s important and what isn’t. You know what hill to die on. — C. Northrup

38. You have more compassion, more acceptance, for yourself and other people. You are no longer shamed by your own humanity. You learn to see the humor in your own foibles. — C. Northrup

Women Over 50 Are Just Getting Started

39. I’m definitely not the same person my mother was at 50! With the knowledge we have now, the sky’s the limit. I ride horses, scuba dive, zip line! — WebMD: Mustang1956

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40. There’s something really bracing about being 50. You realize how young you are. And you realize how much more to life there is. — C. Northrup

41. At 50, you learn the value of being passionate about something — a lover, a career, your life. Passion is what makes you jump out of bed every morning, makes you love every moment in the day. — S. Mitchell

42. A woman over 50 knows the value of celebrating life. She’s sizzling, not fizzling. She’s savvy, not sad. — S. Mitchell

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