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Women's best years 'arrive at 50'

24th February 2010

Women should not feel like they are over the hill just because they have hit 50, a writer has insisted.

In an interview with the Daily Record, Jaki Scarcello explained that she was inspired to write Fifty & Fabulous: The Best Years Of A Woman's Life after having a tough time when she reached the milestone.

The author explained that she started to question older women's place in society after colleagues told her they felt 'invisible' in the workplace when they reached 50 - something she noticed herself.

Scarcello claimed that women should regard 50 as their 'peak time' and draw on the confidence, wisdom and maturity they have accumulated over the years.

'Women who blossom in their 50s know that their time of life is a time of grace - and that it's richer and more ripe with possibility now than at any other time in history,' she told the newspaper.

The author also said she hopes her book will help to change society's negative attitude towards 50-somethings and claimed one small step to achieving this is to stop making jokes about ageing.

Earlier this month, Americana novelist Don DeLillo talked about how age has affected his writing, telling the New York Times that he has become more philosophical and concerned with the subject of time in his most recent works.

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