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Author: Mary Labrie

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Attention intrepid women who are travelling beyond 50!! Host Mary Labrie talks with fabulous mid-life women from around the globe, who have a story to tell. We tackle all the weird stuff we women face, like menopause, body changes, sex, dating, relationships and more. We also interview inspiring women who have undergone amazing transformations in their mid-life. Join us!!
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You've reached the Midlife Crisis Hotline. What is your crisis?   You might be feeling oppressed by the 'over 50' fashion police, or you might be harbouring secret tattoo fantasies.  Sometimes we just want to talk to someone about what's happening to us, and we women of the Midlife Crisis are here to listen. Are we experts? Not really.  Are we midlife women who care about you? Absolutely! So whip up a banana smoothie and draw yourself a bubble bath. Your question is up next. 
We know from statistics that only two in five women over 50 are getting enough exercise. That means three in five women of a certain age (or 60%) are not getting the minimum recommended amount.  Think about that for a minute. How much is enough? Women and men over 50 should be getting at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week (e.g. walking) or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise (e.g.  jogging or running). The exercise you do now pays you forward, improving your quality of life later on. It could make the difference as to whether you can climb stairs, carry groceries, open a tomato sauce jar, or enjoy a walking tour of Paris. I spoke with two women, Tanya Dalton and Jo Pybus, who are inspiring but also practical. Both women have completed an Iron Man competition which is no mean feat.  Tania and Jo  are also advocates for menopause awareness and healthy ageing.  They have hacked exercise as midlife women and have tamed the beast that lives in us all, procrastination. Remember, it's never too late for you to get started on fitness for life. 
You've reached the Midlife Crisis Hotline. What is your crisis?   You might be anxious about what others think of your toilet seat cover, or you might be worried about who is going to replace Daniel Craig as James Bond. Sometimes we just want to talk to someone about what's happening to us, and we women of the Midlife Crisis are here to listen. So shake up a martini and throw in extra olives. Your question is up next. 
Online financial scams are on the rise, and the villains are getting smarter all the time.  People over 50 are increasingly the target of these bad actors.  COVID-19 has forced many men and women of a certain age into isolation, and with loneliness comes vulnerability.  Whether you're single and looking for love on an online dating app, or the target of a dodgy Bitcoin scam, you want Jim in your corner.  Jim is a cybersecurity expert, who lays it on the line about what's out there.  He is also a single man of a certain age, so he's experienced dating apps for over 50's first hand.  Jim shares some useful tips for staying safe out there. As Jim says, "You want to be informed, not afraid."
Welcome to the Midlife Crisis Hotline where we help you grapple with the fears, the joys and the weirdness of being a woman travelling beyond 50. You might be wondering where the 'apples of your cheeks' are, or you might be wondering why hunky American soldiers want to 'get with you' on Facebook. Sometimes we just want to talk to someone about what's happening to us, and we women of the Midlife Crisis are here to listen. So grab a margarita and stretch out in a hammock. Your question is up next. 
You have reached the Midlife Crisis Hotline. What is your crisis?  Are you contemplating mortgaging your home so you can afford 'body firming cream'?   Or are you finding you secretly envy your best friend? We women of the MidLife Crisis Hotline are here to listen. Are we experts? Not really. Are we midlife women who care about you? Yes, we are!So pour yourself a turmeric tea and assume a Pilates abdominal curl.  Your question could be up next. 
This episode is part two of my interview with Linda Siekkdrees of Dr Wolff’s Vagisan (a woman's health brand) and Dr Talat Uppal.  Linda, Talat and I talk about some of the challenges menopausal women face with respect to their sexual enjoyment and health. We talk about lower libido, vaginal and dryness of the vulva, and about some of the treatments that are out there. 
You have reached the Midlife Crisis Hotline. What is your crisis?  Maybe you're fed up with having your partner  'mansplain' your stories. Or you are starting to question whether high heels are worth the pain. We women of the MidLife Crisis Hotline are here to listen. Are we experts? Not really. Are we midlife women who care about you? Yes, we are!So smear on a cucumber facial mask and get cross-legged in your zen garden. Your question could be up next. 
Let’s face it. Menopause is just downright weird. It’s like aliens have taken over your body and your mind. And we all deal with it - usually alone. So when I found out we were having Linda Siekkdrees of Dr Wolff's Vagisan and Dr Talat Uppal on our show, I was very excited.  Today's show is about perimenopause and menopause. We'll be talking the pros and cons of hormone replacement therapy, complications like urinary tract infections, vaginal dryness, bone density, sleep changes, and potential lifestyle factors that can help you on the bumpy road ahead. To get ready for this show, I asked you women out there what questions you would like answered about these topics.  Thank you for your honesty and your curiosity.   Get ready for your first virtual consult with Linda Siekdrees and Dr Talat Uppal! 
You've reached the Midlife Crisis Hotline where we help you grapple with the fears, the joys and the weirdness of being a midlife woman and beyond. You might be royally bored with Meghan and Harry, or you might be wondering whether your teeth are looking a bit strange lately.    Sometimes, we just want to talk with someone about what’s happening to us, and we women of the Midlife Crisis Hotline are here to help.  No question is too silly. And your question is probably the same one that millions of women are asking themselves right now. You were just brave enough to ask it.  So put your feet up on your favourite woolly beast and tip back a frosty glass of kombucha.  Your question is up next!
Roger's World

Roger's World

2021-07-2031:57

Neens Ambrose tells the story of her twelve-year journey with her father, Roger, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's.  Neens did some innovative things to keep connected with her father during COVID-19 lockdown in the United Kingdom, and she used technology to keep Roger safe. She has some pointers and tips for surviving and thriving during this difficult time and although Roger passed away  earlier this year, his story, and Neen's, will inspire you. 
You've reached the Midlife Crisis Hotline where we help you grapple with the fears, the joys and the weirdness of being a midlife woman and beyond. You might be thinking about giving up sex altogether and being a cat lady, or you may be finding it hard to 'hold your water'.    Sometimes, we just want to talk with someone about what’s happening to us, and we women of the Midlife Crisis Hotline are here to help.  No question is too silly. And your question is probably the same one that millions of women are asking themselves right now. You were just brave enough to ask it.  So pour yourself a Bellini and pull up a bean bag chair.  Your question is up next!
If you are looking for a job, you want Robyn Coburn in your corner. Robyn has developed a consultancy around helping people find work. Robyn Coburn is a writer, production designer & set decorator of independent films, textile artist, and theatre designer. Robyn helps her clients put their best foot forward – a skill she has honed from working for decades in the most vibrant and competitive job market in the world – the film industry of California. Today we’ll be talking about resumes, handling ageism and that mysterious art….networking like Sharon Stone. 
Welcome to the Midlife Crisis Hotline where we help you grapple with the fears, the joys and the weirdness of being a midlife woman and beyond. You might be astonished by the crop of hair coming out of your man's nostrils or wondering why your deodorant has stopped working.   Sometimes, we just want to talk with someone about what’s happening to us, and we women of the Midlife Crisis Hotline are here to help.  No question is too silly. And your question is probably the same one that millions of women are asking themselves right now. You were just brave enough to ask it.  Your question is up next!
What would you say if someone asked you to pose nude for a photo exhibition? One that would be seen by thousands of people? Whatever your answer, it’s time you met Ponch Hawkes - a photographic artist, whose works have been featured in galleries throughout Australia and beyond. Her photographic exhibit, 500 Strong, celebrates the beauty and truth of being a women of a certain age.  Older women often speak of feeling invisible, of hitting middle age and finding their presence diminished. Even in art, representations of women beyond a certain age are limited. Hawkes feels that lack of documentation has a negative effect, preventing women from having a comfortable, and joyous relationship with their bodies. Hawkes' work, 500 Strong,  is a visual tribute to the beauty and truth of being a woman of a certain age, and her story about its creation is surprising. 
You have reached the Midlife Crisis Hotline. What is your crisis? You might be cringing at gratuitous sex scenes on Netflix, or trying to get your partner to embrace Marie Kondo's underwear folding scheme.   We women of the Midlife Crisis Hotline are here to help and support you through all that life throws at you.  Are we experts? Not really.  Do we care about you?  Absolutely!  No question is too silly. And your question is probably the same one that millions of women are asking themselves right now. You were just brave enough to ask it.  So grab a glass of wine or a cup of coffee and listen up. Your question is up next. 
Women over 50 have always done it tough in the job market. We are underemployed, we get paid less and we generally occupy less senior roles within organisations.  The COVID19 pandemic has just thrown this problem into much sharper relief.  We women experienced more job loss and underemployment in 2020 and 2021, and are now having great difficulty getting work, despite signs of economic recovery. In today’s episode, we look at Maturious, an organisation that is challenging the status quo by creating opportunities for mature workers and employers. Their goal? To reverse the age gap in the workplace. 
You have reached the Midlife Crisis Hotline. What is your crisis? You might be wondering how to deal with flop sweats, or you may be dealing with ageist 'compliments' at work.   We women of the Midlife Crisis Hotline are here to help and support you as you do battle with the slings and arrows of life.  Are we experts? Not really.  Do we care about you?  Absolutely!  No question is too silly. And your question is probably the same one that millions of women are asking themselves right now. You were just brave enough to ask it.  So grab a glass of wine or a cup of coffee and listen up. Your question is up next. 
SisterStay is a UK-based organisation with a vision to make the world a safe and friendly place for travelling women over 50.  SisterStay is bucking the trend set by AirBnB of the superhost, the perfectly styled home, the somewhat dishonest reciprocal rating system, the digital check-in system and, let's face it, properties that are increasingly expensive. How does SisterStay do it?  By putting the community first and – what’s really exciting – catering to women over 50.  SisterStay has returned to the original premise of AirBnB, which is the humble notion of sharing space in your home with travellers for a modest fee.  SisterStay seeks to rekindle the delightful connection between host and guest and create a global family of travelling, adventurous 'sisters'. 
Welcome to the Midlife Crisis Hotline where we help you grapple with the fears, the joys and the weirdness of being a midlife woman and beyond. You might be confused about how to tend to your 'lady garden' or you may be wondering how to answer that pesky person in the gym who asks you, "How old do you think I am?"  Sometimes, we just want to talk with someone about what’s happening to us, and we women of the Midlife Crisis Hotline are here to help.  Are we experts? Not really. Are we midlife women who care about you?  Absolutely!  No question is too silly. And your question is probably the same one that millions of women are asking themselves right now. You were just brave enough to ask it.  So grab a glass of wine or a cup of coffee and listen up. Your question is up next. 
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