What are the top concerns of women facing 50 and beyond? At about age 50, women experience new requirements, needs, and biological truths which aren’t represented in the media or popular culture. Added to those modifications, the condition of the market is forcing women to redefine several things they took for granted. How have these dynamics influenced what girls of the age group care about?
To find out more, I asked a group of girls for their top five issues. Women report having to come to terms with their parents’ or spouse’s mortality, whether through some surprising life threatening event or inevitable frailing. Added financial, custodial, or health related duties compete with other private priorities for attention and time. Baby boomers were the creation of financial planners, 401Ks, and access to individual investment, that were assumed to mean more financial security.
Once kids graduated from school they were supposed to have the ability to supply for themselves. However, these suppositions aren’t proving to be authentic. Women over 50 are wondering how they will cover the expense of insurance and for that which isn’t covered by their own policies. They worry about who will deal with them and what sort of care they’ll get as they outlive the actuaries’ models.
Definitions of success are changing. Long hours, being on the street, climbing the corporate ladder has become much less attractive. Women are wondering about the choices and how to reinvent themselves. Suddenly women are confronted with physical issues for which there are no quick fixes, such as menopause, arthritis, weight gain, poor teeth. Perhapsthey have had to stop doing some action they had to excel at due to bad knees, hands or feet. How can we maintain fitness as we get older? It used to seem that if you got to 60, you’re entitled to cast off the mantle of cares and woes.
That’s simply not true anymore. Instead, we are facing another 30-50 years that we will need to get ready for by maintaining and enhancing our health, financial condition, relationships, and social programs.
We certainly can not stop aging, but we could change the conversation around it, so that there’s more transparency about the feelings and expectations of your whole family system. Each individual carries a perception of what’s happening with other men and women. Discussing each individual’s definition of basic words such as’aging’ is quite revealing and can save a good deal of trouble down the road. Additionally, shared consciousness of our concerns will undoubtedly lead to new possibilities for communities and relationships that support our progressing aliveness.