11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun 1. Nearly half of people surveyed wrongly believe that their dogs are as smart as 3- to 5-year-old children. (Learn more at Time) 2. A big white rat is the newest star on Broadway. (Learn more at NY Times) >> 12 Foods That Sabotage Your Sleep 3. People do a terrible job of predicting how long they’ll live. (Learn more at Discovery) 4. Sixty-five percent of women say they favor sleep over sex. (Learn more from Today) …

Plastic Surgery? Says Who?!

On my favorite show, The Good Wife, Judge Patrice Lessner — played by Saturday Night Live alum Ana Gasteyer — tends to rule against any attorney who fails to add “in my opinion” after making a point in her courtroom. It’s a handy phrase to keep in mind for anyone tempted to judge a celebrity for work she may or may not have had done on her face. In the wake of last week’s brouhaha over Renee Zellweger’s new look, …

Can We Talk About Joan Rivers?

Whether you screamed with delight at her unfiltered caustic commentary or found her a grating loudmouth, Joan Rivers was a unique figure who paved the way for other female comedians. “The Queen of Mean,” who died at age 81 on Sept. 4 in New York following complications from an outpatient procedure, always saved her harshest barbs for herself — her supposed lack of sex appeal, her obsession with plastic surgery, the endless indignities of aging. >> Famous People We’ve Lost in …

Plastic Surgery On Your Mind? Before You Do That… Do This

Recently, I went to a lecture about women, aging and self-esteem. It was disconcerting. The lecturer, a therapist in her mid-50s, deals frequently with women who are unhappy with how they look, and who feel unprepared for the changes that they are seeing as they get older. The lecturer acknowledged that women in their 50s (and over) are in a “beauty bind.” In the past, women (like our grandmothers) aged together. The playing field was level. Very few of them …

2013: Make this the Year to Embrace Your Age

A not-so-quiet revolution has been picking up massive steam on the Internet … and I’m proud to be a part of it. It’s all about how we view aging in America and it will be one of the hottest topics in this country on many fronts: politically, culturally, emotionally and economically. Given the fact that people over 50 represent the largest demographic in the history of the world, with more joining our ranks every day, one would think that politicians, …

More Nips And Tucks For 65-Plus Crowd

The most recent figures on Americans and plastic surgery were just released and there’s an interesting new twist: a big increase in those 65 and over getting their sags and wrinkles nipped, tucked and smoothed. Elective cosmetic procedures among men and women age 65 and older jumped 43 percent from 2005 to 2011, to more than 760,000, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. That number also represents an 11 percent increase over 2010. Among surgical procedures, eyelid …