The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas on December 5, 1971 · Page 39
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The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas · Page 39

Freeport, Texas
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Sunday, December 5, 1971
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Can Her Second 40 Years Be a who, two yean are jama* with Gina Lollobrijcida. ago, wfcenske turned 40, aid:-I more beautiful. If this is what to me, let's have more of it!" By Sandra Gorncy I Despite oar ""yoetb-oijectef - society, 3i is man and note apparent thai talent and beaoty— a«J ewes romance—no longer be- Joi* exclusively to the young. As beaeScwies of «looger life, pott- jujeuopausal women «rc proving everywhere tbtt they can nuke the "bonus yean" fruitful oaes. They are functioning effectively *s clerics or executive*, as ac- trenes or public servants. And -they ant learning and participating in borne as weft as in coo> jinuiiiy life with a spirit thai .belies age. What an some of the factors - that helped baag about this women's awareness that they have longer fives ahead of them. Metropolitan Life Insurance data sbow that in 1850 only half the newborn babies could look for, ward to reaching a 45tb birthday. - Now one-half of aBnewborns can expect to live 74 yean. At age 40, a woman stfll has one-third of her lifetime ^kf*^ of her. She is liter* , *By catering the "second forty" jwriodofberlife. '- Today mdMom of women are waging an uphill battle against stereotyped concepts of their place in society. Previous assumptions were that women were ex- cmsrvely child-bearing, borae- 7n»^fM animals^ that they bad DO - interests outside the home and children; and that once their'chfl- - dren were gone, their usefulness was ended. Middle-aged and older women were marked as sexless cieatuies. They were told that - menopause marked the end of their femininity and a loss of sexual desire. Today's woman has literally hurdled the frontier of middle age and entered her "second life" with determination and vivacity. This does not mean that her first life as wife and mother has to be abandoned. It means she has de- veloped oo a new ptaae tod coo- tistKs her former rofcs with greater tmdcrstaading-aad c*ca more femininity. Tbe pbysiolofical change that represented the toughest barrier to many women of mature yean was the fear of menopause. They entered their middle yean burdened by old wives* tales associated with the Victorian era. But new scientific understanding of the menopause in the last 30 years, and new medic*) methods of softening some of the effects of the aging process, has given worn* en a new lease on their "second Eves," Oatf Ant cmturfci ago, the menopause occurred when women were in their late 3fft or very early 40's. Often they didn't live many years beyond it. Today the average age for onset of menopause is 49 or 50. Through skillful replacement of diminished estrogen, the most aggravating symptoms are often moderated, and some are avoided altogether. Tbe result of all this is a heightened sense of wen-being and comfort as well as increased confidence in a woman's ability to deal with the world around her. No longer is she the dowdy- bousewife-stay-at-bome. Instead, she has started to prepare herself for a job or career. (Today about 12 million women over 45. most of them married, are employed full time and earn 90 billion dollars each year.) What is the secret of coping with age? A few tips are imparted by the women on these pages. But basically the proof of the pudding is in the individual woman's altitude toward age. And today more and more women are joining with Gina Loliobrigida, who, two years ago, when she turned 40, said: "I have become more beautiful. If this is what age docs to me, let's have more of it!" LETTT1A BALDRIDCE Lctitia BaJdndjpc. author and public-relation* expert, wassoc&l secretary to a number of prominent people: Jacqueline Kennedy. Clare Soothe Luce and Ambassador and Mrs. David Bruce in faro. She thinks that mature women are the most interesting ones she knows, "I think it's sad." says Tish" Baldridgc. who's in her 40't. "to see women bank their whole lives on just pbyskal beauty. When they do age and they feel if they're not great beauties any more, their lives arc over. Actually life just begins. Tbe main thing is to keep interested in what's going on in the world." Despite having a husband, two children and a full-time executive job as director of consumer affairs for Burlington Industries, Tub still finds time to read a great deal and participate in urban affairs as a volunteer. And to look beautiful and elegant at all times. WHAT OTHERS SAY: ANNjVIIlJLER _ Aon MiDcr. «bo dittoed aad sanj to film* now teen on the Late. l_ilc Show. nvt4c her Broadway return Urt JTAT *» "NUroc." She My* Marrx ibouk! be an inspiration M all mature wtxnca. "She's dftxxd tronucu- Utcly aad has the spirit of the pioneer. She never gro«^ up— >he'* younjt »t hears." Ann. who u around 50, think* it'i time the movie* brought bade the woman of "Uftdcflnable *fc, but undeniable frucinatton." itkc the Norma Shcarcn and the Grccr Garam*. "There's definitely a place for real glamor—and a real glamor woman must be in her late 30"» or early -*0'» because the young ones haven't the foggiest idea what it's all about." Ann looks younger and more glamorous than ever. Her beauty secret? "I believe in kicking every morning, swinging my legs back and forth madly, touching my toes and rotating my neck." But mostly, she adds, "beauty comes from within. Proper nutrition and happy thoughts and plenty of rest. That's the nicest thing you can do for your body)" LUCILLE BALL (58): "/ don't abuse anybody, scream at people, break laws or cheat. Maybe that's part of staying young and jeeUng vital, I just try to be good!" SHELLEY WINTERS (47): "/ think youth is a state o/ mind rather than a powder puff or eye • lathes, I war so afraid of ihf 30th birthday, and 1 found so many rewards, that my life, since then has really hern more exciting." Marys Manner, authW. and TV con>o>ct)iator, it AH AT- dent believer in I he ri;hit ot ail mature pcopk. but ctjwciaUv {hfKf of women. She ihini« youth ha« been overrated, but adv»«c« the mature »<wnan that "«bc sJ>ou!vJ try and keep u »x!l ami a.t vital and as pleasing to bcr- «*]/. a* »rll as to other*. M long aj ih* ca» "Thcrr it nothing w> aging *» idle new." M)T M»*» M anne* "The mote a woman » invohcd »ilh *wfc of whatever kind ihc chooso-whclbct it's profc«k>nal interest.* or voluntccring-the longer will be her real vitality, life tpan and attraction." Mi» Mannc* emplmucs that age w not important. "There arc dayt when I feel 35. there arc days when 1 fed J5 and ihcrc arc day* when I feel even older. But in»idc ii the .tame person (hat's always lived. Knowing more, I trmt and am still passionately involved in the process of living and learning." DAME MARCOT FONTEYN (50): "Exercise is good for the whole system. It circulates the blood, cleans out all the poisons, gives you a marvelous complexion." Family Weekly, December S, 1671

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