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 …

The Takeaway: Weekend Edition

Aging is for the birds.  A growing number of people over 50 just refuse to let it happen. Sure, they’ll celebrate the milestone birthday, but they’ll do their best not to look their age.  Or feel it. Or even act it.  (See Ernestine Shepherd. You now have no excuse for not working out.)

The Takeaway: Are Seniors Too Old For Plastic Surgery?

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.