It’s high time the fashion and beauty industries stopped treating ageing like a disease, or as a shameful act of surrender or failure. It is none of the above. It is the most natural thing in the world and we all do it. Every day.

Thanks to increased longevity, many of us can now look forward to living past 80. And yet anxiety about looking older usually kicks in around the age of 30. Result: we spend half a century feeling bad about ageing.

Which is absurd.

So it’s a relief to see the dial starting to move, ever so slightly, towards celebrating faces and bodies of all ages in the world of fashion and beauty. Especially for women, who usually pay a higher price than men do for looking older.

Check out Chapter 8 in my latest book, BOLDER: MAKING THE MOST OF OUR LONGER LIVES, for more on this long-overdue shift in thinking.

My new TED TALK …

My new TED Talk has dropped. It’s about ageing and ageism.

Check it out. Join the conversation. Share it around.

All Under One Roof

One of the best ways to combat ageism (and tackle the housing crisis) is to get different generations living together under the same roof.

I wrote about this in my latest book, BOLDER. Heartening to see more and more examples sprouting here, there and everywhere.

Say No to the Cult of Hustle

You don’t have to work a 100-hour week to succeed in business. You don’t have to join the Elon Musk School of Masochism to make it. Even in the start-up world.

Just ask Tobi Lutke, founder CEO of Shopify:

“I’ve never worked through a night… and I’m home at 5:30pm every evening.”

Learning Never Ends

Allegro, an online Polish retailer, comes up with some very good ads starring older actors. Some are funny. Others are artful. This one’s a tear-jerker….

A heartwarming reminder that you’re never too old to learn something new.

Midlife Crisis? What Midlife Crisis?

It’s high time we ditched expressions like “senior moment,” “wrong side of 40” and “midlife crisis” that reinforce the myth that ageing is all about suffering, loss and decline.

As this article eloquently points out, midlife can be a pretty wonderful time for lots of reasons….