The world is your oyster at 50

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Growing old should be a happy experience that is embraced rather than feared.

For many people the thought of turning 50 and all the years ahead fills them with dread, but for others life really does begin at the big 5-0.

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Many feel they have a better social life than ever before while others start to look after themselves a bit more.

Retirement is looming and for many this gives them the chance to take a well earned rest, and enjoy some of the things they have worked and saved for.

For some their children have grown up and flown the nest, giving them an opportunity to focus on themselves and enjoy all the things they want to do. A bit of ‘me’ time as it’s called.

Switch on the television or open a magazine and there is a seemingly endless array of fabulous fifties - think of Elle Macpherson, Russell Crowe, Courteney Cox and Nicolas Cage - who appear to be having a better time than ever.

There is nothing stopping you from having that.

Don’t sit at home and resent all the things that have passed you by in life. Now is the time to make a change. It’s never too late.

It may be a big change to your life or something relatively small. Whatever the size it could end up being the perfect thing to give you a new lease of life and make you feel better than ever.

The world is now your oyster.

Try something totally new or something that you’ve always wanted to do but have never got round to doing. Try not to think of it as daunting but think of all the new opportunities it could bring and the buzz you will get.

Why not try a new hobby, enrol on a college course or take a career change? What’s stopping you from taking the plunge?

Holidays are perfect for recharging the batteries. Whether it’s a fortnight in the sun in an exotic location or a few days in a hotel in the countryside, a little time out from the hustle and bustle of everyday life does wonders for putting a new perspective on things.

The population of the region is growing older and it’s increasingly important for people to take an active role in looking after their health.

Having routine medical tests is a good way to spot any potential problems and gives you the best chance to age and live healthily - and enjoy life how it is meant to be enjoyed.