On Instagram a couple of weeks ago I put up a series of posts about different aspects of ageing as a woman; invisibility, body image, self-acceptance, finance and sex.

The best thing about these posts was reading the comments I received from so many women who are navigating their way through midlife. Some are feeling stronger and more positive than ever, others a little crushed by the challenges they’re facing.

Creating the posts made me think about each issue in more depth than I’d done before. Fifty years old is steaming my way and increasingly I feel that laying the foundations of a ‘good’ old age is my main goal. I come from a long-lived family, so optimistically I feel have another 45 or so years left. Only slightly less than I’ve already lived. But I’m aware that is 45 years during which my health, strength and faculties will become increasingly challenging.

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