They say that age is just a state of mind, but for women in their 50’s it seems that the ageing process has left them feeling undervalued and invisible. A recent survey commissioned by herbal remedies company A.Vogel examined around 2000 women, and found that by the time they reach 51 many of them believed they had become invisible to men. Over two thirds of respondents over the age of 45 said that they had walked into a room and been ‘completely unnoticed’ by the opposite sex, with more than half feeling as though they had been ‘left on the shelf’. Women blamed grey hair, having to wear glasses and struggling to find fashionable clothes as the main reasons they were no longer attracting admiring glances from the opposite sex. With only 15% of women stating that they had high or very high confidence, why is it that women in their 50’s are feeling ignored and unappreciated. Health expert Eileen Durward, who offers advice through A.Vogel’s company website, explained how some of their customers were feeling: ‘The world can feel very geared toward appreciating younger women, leaving those of a certain age to feel neglected or less worthy. These women are not invisible and neither are their concerns,’ she said. ‘They are often the driving engine behind a family, juggling careers, looking after older relatives and bringing up children, all the while dealing with the ageing process. They need to be supported, not made to feel washed up.’ With a lifetime of achievements behind them, Demi Moore (51), Carol Vorderman (53) and supermodel Elle Macpherson (50) are all examples of women in their early 50’s whose talents and beauty transcend age, proving that life after 50 really is what you make of it. Kim Cattrall who turns 58 this year, doesn’t put much stock in a number either, telling the Express: “I never gave up believing that there was much more to life than how I was living it,” she says. “There is no need to feel defeated at 40, 50 or 60. I’m having the greatest time in the second half of my life.” A concerned 6 out of 10 women believed that modern life was geared towards younger women, believing that issues faced by the older generation were not spoken about enough. In a culture where beauty is equated with youth, there is no reason why women shouldn’t embrace their later life and feel fulfilled, happy and confident. Just look at Meryl Streep (64), Dame Helen Mirren, (68) and Joanna Lumley (67) who are all still leading ladies well into their 60’s. So many of us may dream of being happy in our own skin, but the reality is, issues with self confidence and self belief often get in the way and we can end up feeling worthless and invisible. Psychic Light has readers who specialise in health and happiness and you may find that talking to someone in confidence can help you find strength and belief in yourself again. If your relationship is suffering from how you are feeling then why not get a specialist love reading to guide you through troubled times? You can find detailed descriptions of all our readers here. Our callers come to us from all walks of life, so why not get in touch with Psychic Light today.