On the cusp of her
Katie Couric became the first female solo anchor of a national evening news
At 57, Diane Keaton
produced her seventh movie and played the heartthrob of 39-year-old
Hollywood heartthrob Keanu Reeves in Something's Gotta
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."
By Keith Ablow, M.D.It’s high time to figure out what’s making you perpetually behind. Here,
strategies to help you get out of the lateness rut.
Some years ago when I was chief resident in psychiatry at the New England
Medical Center, I decided it was finally time to enter therapy myself. I was
dating the woman who would later become my wife and I wanted to explore why I
hadn’t yet committed to her.
So I booked an appointment with a noted psychiatrist, about 10 miles from my
home, and left...
What do other women think is the best thing about turning 50? To find out,
we 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