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.
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.
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.
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.) From AP: " Baby boomers heading into what used to be called retirement age are providing a 70 million-member strong market for legions of companies, entrepreneurs and cosmetic surgeons eager to capitalize on their "forever young" mindset, whether it's through wrinkle creams, face-lifts or workout regimens.' ... Speaking of aging, this is what 77 looks like*. Have you seen the new Gloria Steinem documentary, Gloria: In Her Own Words? The film, which premiered on HBO Monday, highlights her years on the front lines of the women's rights movement. *Apologies, Ms. Steinem, I'm sure you're rolling your eyes at something so trite, but you look very smart, brilliant. More on the documentary.
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."
Is America ready for more "old" men? That's the discussion that's taking place in Room for Debate over on NYTimes.com. As the number of men over 65 has increased by 21 percent in the last decade "what are the implications - the benefits and the costs - of having more men around longer?" Women generally outlive men, so how would our lives change with more older men in the country? Will you have to support both parents instead of one? Or would they take care of each other - living longer, healthier, happier lives? Will having more men around keep the seniors dating pool fresh? In other words, will older people "step up their game?" Looks like it.
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