Thursday, October 2, 2014

Magazine for the Aging (Disgracefully)?

I'm a lover of magazines. Most of my magazines come from the thrift store ('cause who can afford the prices of most magazines these days).  But I will subscribe and pay full price if I think the mag is worth it.

Like Prevention.  (Even though they drive me absolutely mad with their constant emails; and when you click on them, they automatically take you to the "would you like to subscribe" link.  Just give me the info, goll darn it!).  My aging body and mind needs all the health advice and tips it can get, and they seem to have a lot of good, up-to-date info.

I also like Nutrition Action Newsletter (Canada).  I'm not currently subscribed as last time I checked (6 mon ago), the price was a little too steep for me.  But their prices seem to fluctuate (probably depending on readership); so I keep checking.  They offer advice on what food and health/beauty products on the market are actually good or safe for you -- very useful information.

I used to buy an occasional copy of More , "for women over 40". But let's face it: even at 40, I didn't look like those women.  

There are a lot of gorgeous older women out there that I truly admire. And I think we need to acknowledge and applaud the ones who are slim and fit and have 'held it together' so to speak, as well as the ones who have overcome health problems through exercise and diet.  Their success stories can serve as inspiration.  

As difficult as it is to change ones diet and ones habits, it can be done: we can all learn to eat healthier. But exercising is not as easy.  Because of aggravating already existing health concerns or making deteriorating joint problems worse, we're unable to jog, do Zumba, lift weights or any of the traditional means of becoming more fit? We are no longer a size 10 or 12 and never will be again; but we do still want to be as fit as we can possibly be. We want to look and feel as good as we possibly can.  

Where are the magazines for us?  As we age, we become more and more invisible to those around us: people don't acknowledge us on the street; sales clerks ignore us: and there are more of us now than ever before.  Do we not even matter to the magazine industry?  

I want to see a magazine that shows the average looking 55 to 60+ yr old who are still trying to take care of themselves and look good. I want to see women who have visible crows feet, jowls and flabby arms.  I want to see women who are overweight and have bunions and varicose veins.  I want articles on how to dress the body I currently have, what changes to make to my make-up for my changing face and how to take care of this aging body as best I can.

Anyone know where to find a magazine like this because I still can't find one; and I've been looking for years.



Sounds great. I'd like a magazine like that too.

Kay said...

Ummmm... I'm sure those photos of Streep and ... oh darn, I forgot her name are Photoshopped.

One thing about being older is I do believe we tend to get more respect. That's what my kids tell me.

WendyMcLeodMacKnight said...

Excellent point! I have heard there are some good ezines online for those of us 50+, but I've yet to find them! I had stopped doing pics on my blog for awhile and have now started again because frankly the web has the skinny older woman covered...

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I agree that they do focus on the slim trim healthy beautiful way of life in most magazines and of course the clothes they wear would never fit my budget either. I thing aging is more than how you look, it's about feeling good about yourself even though you may be 20 pounds overweight. I have never in my life been a slim trim athletic type of person. Just be happy with the body that was given to you and enjoy life. There is so much more to it than what might be in magazines.

Penny said...

You are right. There are few magazines worth the outrageous prices out there. Thanks for stopping by. I love your blog and look forward to coming back.

Bonnie said...

Send me the title when you find it! I'm always looking for the articles on styles foe the 50 and over. It is usually on page somewhere hidden. Hope all is going well with you!

Fat Dormouse said...

I think that the British SAGA magazine is quite good - it is designed for readers over 55 and is really interesting. Sometimes it veers a little to the older end of the market,with articles about veterans of WW2 and the 1940s, but it is realistic and one of the few magazines that use older models. I don't know if it's available in the states though.