“Social isolation is the number one condition that makes people old before their time.” As soon as we decided to spend May exploring age and female identity, we knew we had to speak to Jill Shaw Ruddock. She is the accomplished banker-turned-philanthropist, who set up the Second Half Foundation and the Second Half Centre in leafy Kensington: a place where the over 50s can come to combat loneliness and learn new skills. Jill has also written ‘The Second Half of Your Life’, a book explaining how women can enjoy the menopause and ageing process.

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