Informative articles, practical advice, and lifestyle choices to give encouragement to middle-aged men to find a real purpose in life and to use personal development as a way to achieve a better work-life balance.
Welcome to Menat50ish! My name Carl Yorke and I’m the founder of Menat50ish, a place to find not only interesting articles and simple ideas on how to enjoy middle age, but a place where you can find encouragement, inspiration, and motivation for your journey into middle age. At Menat50ish, it is truly my greatest wish to help others find encouragement and fulfilment through a balance of healthy living and learning to enjoy life in middle age
Men and friendship.
By middle age, many have too little of it. And it’s a threat to men’s health.
So, Who I am I?
Well, I am a typical middle-aged male, 58, grown-up children and a wonderful wife, living the UK.
And that’s it nothing no surprises or hidden talents, but just a really great desire to find a purpose in life that will fill some of the gaps that I have and at the same time to share my thoughts and ideas on how middle-aged men can find a balance between what they want for themselves and what family, friends and work colleagues expect of them.
Shouldn’t we all be as good-looking and vital as 53-year-old Brad Pitt or 56-year-old George Clooney?
The truth is that it’s impossible to look like them, no matter how hard we try.
This is more than just your physical appearance; this is about a more holistic approach to middle age.
It’s about your body and mental attitude.
Self-development and finding your true purpose in middle age.
This blog started out in a haphazard manner, as most blogs do, and has slowly evolved into the form you see now. By putting my thoughts down on paper, it has helped me to overcome and break down some of the barriers that I have faced as I have moved into middle age.
All middle age men go through some form of mid-life crises, it’s how we deal and cope with it that makes each one of us so very different. I truly believe that middle-aged men can find happiness based on a physical and mental approach to getting older.
So when does middle age actually start? Is it when you hit 50? Or when you send your first kid off to college? Or after you’ve been married a good 25 years?
Fitness is a poor substitute for health and an even poorer substitute for happiness.
For those of you feeling old at 48 or 50 or even 52, here’s some good news. A new survey shows that middle age does not actually start until you’re 53.
According to a survey of 2,000 adults commissioned by British healthcare provider Benenden Health, one is middle aged if they enjoy afternoon naps, moan when they bend over, are frustrated by modern technology and choose comfort over style when it comes to clothing.
Another sign of middle age?
- Not remembering the name of any modern bands
- Talking a lot about your joints/ailments
- Hating noisy pubs
- Getting hairier -– ears, eyebrows, nose, face etc.
And the preference of a night in rather than a night out.
Paul Keenan, head of communications at Benenden Health, said in a press release that being old appears to be a state of mind rather than being a specific age.
“People no longer see ‘middle age’ as a numerical milestone and don’t tend to think of them as ‘old’ as they hit their fifties and beyond. I’m 54 myself, with the mindset of a thirty-something -– perhaps sometimes even that of a teenager!” he said.
“‘Middle age’ is becoming a term with less and less significance.”
But middle age also has its more serious conditions like loneliness.
Reports in various journals claim that:
The biggest threat facing middle-age men isn’t smoking or obesity. It’s loneliness.
As men grow older, they tend to let their friendships lapse. But there’s still time to do something about it. Also with loneliness comes depression.
Mental health and physical health are linked, and YES we can have both if we only have balance and purpose in life.
To all the middle-aged men out there: now is the time to learn and live