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“The Second Half foundation has been granted permission to open THE 2nd Half Centre at St Charles NHS Hospital and is working in partnership with Open Age.  There will be a wide variety of activities on offer and a bursary programme has been created.”  THE HILL

“The Second Half Centre, for both men and women, is where Ruddock will be able to put her ideology into practice and roll out her “Five a Day” at the St Charles Hospital in West London. It will be a place where both men and women over the age of 50 from all socio economic backgrounds can come together to connect socially, learn new skills, exercise and become both psychologically and physically healthier.” The Lady

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A LIFE OF TWO HALVE

Jill Shaw Ruddock’s recent book, The Second Half of Your Life, about living positively over the age of 50, garnered so many five-star reviews on Amazon’s website that it raised suspicions among other Amazon reviewers. However, Ruddock, right, ex-MD of investment bank Alex Brown and Sons, has taken the positive feedback as a boost and is launching the Second Half Foundation to enable people to rediscover the joys of growing old. The first event is a lunch next Monday with Mayor of Kensington & Chelsea Julie Mills, Ruby Wax and Judith Owen. The Second Half Centre is also due to open at St Charles Hospital, North Kensington, next year.

Shaw Ruddock believes “the feeling of not belonging to a community is a large and growing problem for our society and, in particular, the ageing population.”

Meanwhile her book continues to break all records on Amazon and now has 60 five-star reviews.

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“ Ruddock has taken the positive feedback of her book as a boost and is launching the Second Half Foundation to enable people to rediscover the joys of growing old. The first event is a lunch next Monday, October 3rd, with Mayor of Kensington & Chelsea Julie Mills, Ruby Wax and Judith Owen. The Second Half Centre is also due to open at St Charles Hospital, North Kensington, next year. Shaw Ruddock believes “the feeling of not belonging to a community is a large and growing problem for our society and, in particular, the ageing population.” Meanwhile her book continues to break all records on Amazon and now has 60 five-star reviews.” THE LONDONER’S DIARY, THE EVENING STANDARD

http://londonersdiary.standard.co.uk/2011/09/life-over-50-is-even-better-for-author.html

“ All too often, older people find they have few opportunities to meet others, expand their interests, hone their skills and improve their health.  This new centre offers all of these things and much more.”KENSINGTON AND CHELSEA CHRONICLE 

http://kensington.londoninformer.co.uk/2011/10/ruby-wax-supports-new-centre.html

“ For a long time now I have been concerned with the lack of social integration provided in the area and The Second Half of Your Life Foundation really addresses this.”  Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea, Councillor Julie Mills THE KENSINGTON MAGAZINE

http://thekensingtonmagazine.com/blog/2011/10/05/the-launch-of-the-second-half-of-your-life-foundation/

The Mayor of Kensington & Chelsea Councillor Mrs Julie Mills, together with Ruby Wax, Judith Owen and ex investment banker, Jill Shaw Ruddock launched ‘The Second Half of Your Life Foundation’ at the Town Hall.  The event was surprisingly relaxed but with a serious message. More older people than ever are living longer, but alone.  Loneliness and social isolation in the UK is at an all time high with some 300,000 pensioners not speaking to family or neighbours in a month.  This is nothing short of appalling. On the strength of her recent international best seller ‘The Second Half of Your Life’ and recognising that the over 50s should be entering the best phase of their lives, Jill decided to launch The Second Half Of Your Life Foundation.  The centre will be housed within St Charles NHS H0spital in North Kensington.  Mayor Julie Mills has selected this as one of her charities and has created a bursary programme from private donations throughout the borough to ensure the underprivileged can attend either a full morning or afternoon of activities, plus a meal for a nominal fee of £2.00. The centre is appropriately sited in North Kensington, which has the unfortunate stigma of being one of the most deprived areas in London.  Loneliness is not class based, and the purpose of the Foundation is to provide a place for all over 50s whatever their background, to come together – share a hobby, connect socially, learn new skills, and become psychologically and physically healthier. Workshops will be available on diverse subjects such as: how to set up your own business, jewellery making, Bridge, current affairs, art for fun and learning, computers (emailing, internet and social networking) and a book club.  Physical exercise, diet and mental health will also be addressed by way of lecture series and excise classes.

For a long time now I have been concerned with the lack of social integration provided in the area and The Second Half of Your Life Foundation really addresses this.  In addition to funding ( for example £50 will enable one person to enjoy 2 activities and one meal everyday for one week), they are also looking for Patrons and volunteers to help give professional advise and assistance on the workshops.  The centre will be available for men and women and once established, it is hoped to replicate this throughout other boroughs in the UK.  If the energy from those who attended the launch was anything to go by, there is little doubt this centre will not be a success and in years to come we will wonder why it took so long to simply provide something like this for our ‘older’ members of the community who still have to much to offer, and who, should be entering the best second half of their lives.

As Ruddock says, “Of course we have to age, but we do not have to grow old.  How we grow old, we can control”.

 
Source:The Kensington magazine – Jill Shaw Ruddock – The Launch of ‘The Second Half Of Your Life Foundation’

 

Every now and again, a women’s book comes along that promises to change our thinking forever. In the Sixties it was Helen GurleyBrown’s Sex and the Single Girl; in the early Seventies, Germaine Greer’s The Female Eunuch hit the spot, and later on, Marilyn French’s The Women’s Room got us all talking about why we put up with bad treatment from men.

Now it is the turn of Jill Shaw Ruddock to shake us all up and ask new questions about our lives. Her book, The Second Half of Your Life is about the menopause and after. At this point, you may yawn and say: oh no, not again. Haven’t there been a million books about the menopause and growing old gracefully (or disgracefully)? Why should I clutter up my shelves with yet one more? Well, you should certainly read this one. Because in common with all the best life-changing books, the author’s startling message transmits itself from the page with a kind of electricity.

The book’s main thrust is that we should welcome, rather than fear, the menopause. It is the gateway to a new era whereby we can be more confident, creative and healthy than ever before. No longer at the mercy of our hormones or pre-written scripts, we can, according to Jill, finally give birth to our unique selves.

Jill Shaw Ruddock

A small, dark, intense and loquacious American woman, this 55-year-old former investment banker says, ‘When I started to hit menopause at age 48, I had no idea

what was happening to me. Having been healthy and robust all my life, I was suddenly experiencing these distressing symptoms. I was suffering from insomnia, heart palpitations and hot sweats. For four years, it was as if a stranger was inhabiting my body. I no longer knew who I was.

‘I asked myself: was my life over as I knew it and did it have to be a downward spiral from now on? Because my brain seemed to belong to somebody else, I started to research brain chemistry and the ways in which hormones affect thoughts and feelings.

‘My conclusion, backed up by the latest medical and scientific research, was that after the sex hormones stop raging, we can finally become the person we always wanted to be. We can be more creative, take risks, become bolder – all because our brain chemistry has changed dramatically, and changed for the better. After the menopause, women actually become different people, owing to these profound chemical changes.

‘Before menopause, most women, however high flying, intelligent and successful, conform to a norm, which is: find a guy, get married, have children, create a nest, settle down. For thousands of years, the majority of women have done this, and still do, mainly because of sex-hormone activity. Feminism and education have made little difference to the pattern, and even many gay women want to find a partner and, if possible, have children.

‘Then the menopause happens, everything changes and women wonder: what now? In recent years, the change of life has been highly medicalised and there are all sorts of treatments and pills to help you get through and cope with the worst symptoms. And yes, there are many books about this.

 

‘But where, I asked myself, was the book that inspired you to give birth to yourself, to be self-productive instead of reproductive? As I couldn’t find it, I decided to write it myself. We have a lot more years left in us than ever our parents and grandparents did, and it’s up to us to make the most of them. As baby boomers, we have defined every decade since the Sixties and we can continue to do so, by redefining what it means to be older.’

As well as inspiration, Jill’s book contains much practical advice and in particular, she emphasises the ‘high-fives’, which are: exercise, staying connected to family and friends, cultivating a passion, finding a purpose greater than yourself, and eating well. Slim, vibrant and possessing the American love of the telling sound bite, Jill is her own best post-menopausal advertisement. She has a sobering chapter on obesity and the causes of obesity.

American food practices have a lot to answer for here, and as we know, what the US does today the rest of the world does tomorrow. Obesity is the greatest curse and health-destroyer of our times, and to combat later-life weight gain, Jill sings the praises of two sure-fire antidotes: regular, tough exercise and copious amounts of organic cider vinegar.

Hey, wait a minute – cider vinegar? Have we strayed into Barbara Cartland territory here?

Jill is unrepentant. ‘Yes,’ she says. ‘Don’t underestimate cider vinegar. It suppresses
hunger, speeds up metabolism and alkalises the system. I can’t recommend it highly
enough. Then exercise more or less does the rest, as it lifts depression, acts on the
mind as well as the body and keeps all body systems working. It is vital to do some exercise every single day.’ Having got your cider vinegar and exercise regime together,
everything else can follow, says Jill.

If you don’t have a particular passion, you can cultivate one. She found her own passion after leaving banking: working in the theatre. There is definitely something theatrical about her, so her love of greasepaint is perhaps not all that surprising. As for the rest of us, ‘You can start decorating, gardening, playing ping-pong or knitting – rediscover former interests that maybe you had to lay aside when running a home and bringing up a family. Because you no longer have that nesting instinct, you can find things to do that not only nourish you, but connect you to other people and don’t cost a lot of money.’

Ah, money. So where is all that to come from, to pay for all these extra, fun-filled years? Jill has a sensible, considered chapter on finances, going back to work, investing for your old age and the vital importance of taking care of your own money rather than entrusting it to some bloke. There are also chapters on divorce and separation, dating and finding a new love; all extremely relevant stuff as, apparently, 50 per cent of all divorces are now instigated by the over-50s. But you may also discover a renewed togetherness in a long marriage.

Jill says, ‘As we age, women lose oestrogen but have a lot of testosterone; whereas men lose testosterone and have more oestrogen in their bodies. This means that a 60-year-old couple will be more alike than at any previous time in their lives.

‘Women at this time of life want to get out and about, and often a man who has never lifted a saucepan before, becomes interested in cooking. Roles can change and be redefined.’

Married for 20 years to Paul, also in banking, Jill has two teenage daughters, the first born when she was 36. She came over from the US in 1983 for work and love, and is finding it both exciting and scary to be a sudden media celebrity. ‘I had to do a photoshoot and they were asking: which is my best side? I didn’t know I had a best side. It’s all very new to me, as a first-time author.’

A very lucky first-time author, one might think, to have a guaranteed bestseller on her hands – a second edition is already reprinting – but no doubt she will rise to the occasion as the media circus gathers momentum.

And watch out for sales of cider vinegar to hit the roof, too.
Source: The Lady – Jill Shaw Ruddock – My Menopause Manifesto

“Heralded as one of the most important women’s books for a decade.  Every now and again, a woman’s book comes along that promises to change our thinking forever. Helen Gurley Brown, Germaine Greer, Marilyn French. Now it is the turn of Jill Shaw Ruddock to shake us all up and ask new questions about our lives. A guaranteed best seller”—Liz Hodgkinson The Lady

“There is nothing airy fairy about the woman proclaiming the ‘fourth wave of feminism’. Her energy and idealism make a formidable combination. If anyone can persuade others that old is to be celebrated it is Jill Shaw Ruddock.”–Cassandra Jardine, The Telegraph

“{Ruddock]… has just written a ground-breaking book called, The Second Half of Your Life. Hugely liberating, empowering and transforming.”–Joy Orpen Kanter, The Sunday Independent

“The script for those fruitful years between 50 and 96 needed to be written. My only criticism? That I hadn’t written it myself.” Four Stars, Christa D’Souza, Mail on Sunday

“Do we need a book like this? I think most of us probably do. I suspect far too many older women don’t make the most of their abilities and their time. This is the book that encourages you to get off your oestrogen-free backside and grab life with both hands.”Mrs Moneypenny, Financial Times
“The Ruddock dynamo has definitely set something in motion. I say to Ruddock, bring on the granny boomers.”—Stephanie Theobald, Style Magazine, The Sunday Times

“The Second Half of Your Life – part self help manual and part scientific treatise. She’s great on financial advice and inspiring on her unrelenting optimism on behalf of older women.”–Alison Roberts, The Evening Standard

“The most ­positive ­advice on ­menopausal life you’ll ever read” The Daily Mirror

“Inspirational.”–Victoria Lambert, Women and Home

“Good news for women. Jill Shaw Ruddock writes an upbeat menopause manual.”–The Jewish Chronicle

“Groundbreaking.  A book that show how a new generation of women are seizing the opportunity to find real fulfilment” High50

“A must have read for all women approaching 50.” Weekly Wrinkle

“Jill Shaw Ruddock has written a plan to inspire older women into making the second half of their lives happy and fulfilling” Rachel Porter, The Daily Express

“Fear not to grow old!  This book offers the sanest of advice:  it’s witty, wise and answers a host of questions about topics people don’t usually like to mention … such as sex and money.   Women can now move into their later years with confidence and take pleasure in the second half of their lives” Baroness Joan Bakewell, Journalist, Television and Radio Presenter

This book will make you want to run straight into the arms of menopause, embrace it and get to the best years of your life- no longer a slave to your hormones.  Free at last. Free at last.”  Ruby Wax, Comedienne and Executive Coach

“This book proves that, for a woman, turning 50 does not mean she passes her “amuse-by” date.”

Kathy Lette, Humorist and Novelist

“A great travel guide to the next stage of the journey. A terrific read!” Baroness Helena Kennedy, Barrister and Human Rights Activist

‘This is most useful, constructive and comforting book. The Second Half of Your Life is the

book women need.’  Susan Hampshire, Actress

“Finally, a book that teaches women to embrace the post-menopausal years with open arms. Jill Shaw Ruddock’s upbeat manual is an insightful guide for women over 50 to help them achieve fulfillment in all aspects of their lives. Ruddock’s book provides practical rules and recommendations to make the second half of a woman’s life, the best half!” Liz Campbell, Director, Wellbeing of Women

The Second Half Centre

St Charles Centre for Health and Wellbeing

Exmoor Street, North Kensington

London, W10 6DZ

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