Every now and then, you will hear phrases like “50 is the new 40” or “40 is the new 25” to express that someone does not seem to age . But what if your 40s and 50s weren’t the “new” at all, but simply opening up to a world without labels, a world with limitless possibilities? For most women these days, that’s actually much closer to the truth.

Unaged women in their 40s and 50s, the new generation

Unlike what television producers and advertisers might want you to think, most middle-aged women today don’t actually feel very “middle-aged.” But you will not say that they are acting younger than they are; rather, they are redefining what it really means to be a woman in her 40s and 50s .

Polly Kemp from Somerset, for example, is a fit yoga teacher, loves fashion, and loves to document her world travels on Instagram. This might sound like a description of a “millennial”, but Polly is 51 years old and the mother of 3 adult children.

In an interview, she shared feelings that most women can personally relate to: “When I hear the term ‘middle age’, I have to stop and think: does this mean who I am now? I don’t polish money or plan menus, and I’m not interested in housework. I am also spontaneous and I don’t think it is a quality traditionally associated with middle age ”.

The truth is, she represents the average adult female experience these days – they don’t feel young in age, but they are also incredibly comfortable in her skin and living life to the fullest, making them happier people, more caring mothers, and more. successful business women.

How do women over 40 really feel today?

A survey conducted found that 96% of women over 40 do not feel middle-aged at all. Another study also found that 80% felt that society’s assumptions about middle-aged women do not represent how they live their lives, and more than two-thirds said they were in the prime of their lives (with 59% feeling more vibrant in their 40s and 50s like never before, and 84% saying they reject age labels).

So what about this generation of women who are changing the experience of going through “middle age”? A set of responses to these two surveys revealed some trends:

  • Women are spending time treating their bodies well. They are eating better than ever and exercising regularly.
  • Women are getting more confident. This generation is aware of the traps that sell women the feeling of shame for their bodies. They are happy with the way they are at each stage of life.
  • Women are taking risks and going on adventures. 60% of the women who responded said that accepting new challenges was very important to them. 80% said they loved to gain new experiences.
  • Women value themselves. Whether they are fulfilled in their careers or as workers in their own homes, women are accomplishing a lot, and they are not standing still.

Hopefully this generation of confident women can also pass on their experiences to the next generation and eternal youth is strengthened especially in the mind and heart, which of course will then be reflected in the body.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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