Men Beyond 50 is an informal network, and a set of resources to help men from their mid-forties into their seventies and beyond, to live happy and fulfilled lives, work through the challenges of ageing, find fellowship, and as elders help towards positive change in the world.
ENJOYING, EXPLORING, CONNECTING, MATURING
Men Beyond 50 (MB50) is a non-profit network which aims to meet the needs and aspirations of older men, .by providing vision, resources, events, and fellowship for maturing men:
Helping those men who are lost in midlife and need to find their way again
Somewhere in their 50s, 60s and 70s, most men will face a series of shipwrecks, major or minor: redundancy or retirement, divorce, kids leaving home, health problems Every shipwreck contains a heartbreak and a gift: there is a loss to grieve and the freedom of being cast up on an unknown shore and make fresh choices. What’s most poignant about the male midlife crisis is that many men don’t have the life skills to reinvent themselves, to make the best of these new situations.
Using our skills and experience to give back to younger people
Older men have a wealth of talents, which many of us would like to put to use helping others. But often we do not know how to go about giving back, or where to learn the skills to be of most help (e.g. for mentoring), and find ourselves frustrated and unable to get involved in the ways we want to be.
Speaking out with a common voice on the issues that really matter
Older people (men and women together) make up a large proportion of today’s population, but we can often appear invisible and find our voices ignored. There is also a wisdom which comes with age, which could provide transformational leadership and inspirational guidance to society at large, the younger generation, yet it can be difficult to find opportunities and the best ways to put this into practice.
Your gateway to high quality Resources, Articles and Stories
We bring together authoritative briefings, trustworthy articles and inspiring stories on the major topics which matter most to men over 50. These are gathered by topic in the Resources section of the website.
The co-founders of the Men Beyond 50 network are Alan Heeks and Max Mackay James.
Alan is a writer and group leader with a deep interest in resilience, natural wellbeing, and creative ageing. His second book is Out of the Woods: a guide to life for Men beyond 50. See more at www.alanheeks.com
Max is a former GP, with a deep interest in ageing and end-of-life issues. He is coordinator for the Dialog Compassionate Community and founder of the Conscious Ageing Trust. See more ate www.consciousageing.org