Tuesday I mentioned Marie Kolstad, left, an 83-year-old grandmother who had a breast lift with implants last month. “Physically, I’m in good health, and I just feel like, why not take advantage of it?” she told The New York Times. Yesterday Kolstad elaborated: “It was more about looking in the mirror and liking who I am.” She’s not the only one who feels that way. Kolstad is just one of thousands of older people who are choosing cosmetic surgery to enhance their looks and their lives: “According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, in 2010 there were 84,685 surgical procedures among patients age 65 and older. They included 26,635 face-lifts; 24,783 cosmetic eyelid operations; 6,469 liposuctions; 5,874 breast reductions; 3,875 forehead lifts; 3,339 breast lifts and 2,414 breast augmentations.”
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Alzheimer’s harder to spot in people over 80. From WebMD: Researchers examined standard measures of Alzheimer’s by age, finding that older elderly people may have more subtle symptoms of the disease than the younger elderly. … Breast cancer double standard? About 2,000 men are diagnosed with breast cancer every year – a fraction of the number of women who are diagnosed. But the health implications are the same, which is why a South Carolina man’s story has caused such outrage: Raymond Johnson was denied Medicaid coverage through a program for breast cancer patients because he’s a man.
… Americans are fed up with Washington. Could a possible double-dip recession be part of the problem?
“In the aftermath of the tumultuous debate over raising the debt ceiling, Americans give Washington a strong vote of no confidence, with barely a quarter of those surveyed recently saying the federal government can fix the nation’s economic problems and a large majority agreeing that the policymaking process is unstable and ineffective.”
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