Top 7 ways to combat challenges of being an older woman

olderwomanThere are worse problems than being an older woman these days, but the United States population doesn’t have a lot of love for this group. When you find yourself being discarded, draw on the inner resilience that has gotten you this far through life.  Change your way of thinking to combat the challenges you’ll face in this life stage.

#1 Women over 50 years are sexless — Who says? Yes, you won’t turn heads when you walk in a room of young attractive men, but go in a room of 80 year olds, then see who turns heads. You know your body, you have a sense of self that you never had when you were in your 20s. Seize that confidence and show your sex appeal every day.

#2 Women over 50 years are useless at work — Remind your boss of the times you’ve taught your younger co-workers something they should have probably already known. Point out that you are hardly ever sick (no little ones to infect you). Stress that you aren’t going to be taking any maternity leave in the near future. The baby boomers are retiring at record numbers. Use your wisdom to skyrocket profits and job satisfaction.

#3 Women over 50 years old are disagreeable — Have you seen how grumpy older men get? Disagreeable. [head shake] At work, don’t point out every faux pas or state how it used to be done. Who cares. Go with the flow is the name of the game and embrace enjoying life.

#4 Fifty year old women aren’t physically active — By this time in life you know whether joining a gym or working out on your own, is your jam. Stay active. Move as much as possible and don’t let age dictate on what you think you can do or can’t do as far as physical activity.

#5 Women over 50 aren’t beautiful — You are beautiful. You have the confidence. You beautifulalso have more discretionary spending power, so use it! Spend money on your wardrobe and yourself. Pamper yourself so you feel and exude that beautiful vibe where ever you are.

#6 Women over 50 are in the way — The myth that you are in the way stems from past 50 year old women taking a back seat to their lives. Be the woman you’d like to be friends with, or the woman you look up to. Get involved in life by volunteering, traveling, experiencing as much as you can.

#7 Fifty year old women are financially challenged — It is a definite truth. Men in pre-retirement age (50 to 64) have 1 ½ times the wealth of women that age — $60,500 compared to $38,200.  To combat this truth, diversify where your income is coming from by working on a side hustle, consulting, creative venture, or helping a small business thrive due to your experience.  Prepare for more of the same in your future.

Again, when you find yourself being discarded, draw on the inner resilience that has gotten you this far through life.  Combat the challenges you’ll face in this life stage with everything you have. The payoffs will be big — and your own.

— Namaste

Author: Debra Happe

Debra Happe is a writer and marketing professional based in Des Moines, Iowa. Debra does business, magazine, and freelance copywriting work. Specialties include science-based, environmental, and technological. Connect on LinkedIn for professional inquiries.

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