Monthly Archives: July 2012
Plastic surgery is on the rise—with chin work leading the way. Whether tightening the turkey neck or making the most of a weak chin, chin augmentations are quickly growing in popularity, leaving breast implants, liposuction, and Botox in the dust. Between 2010 and 2011, there’s been a 71 percent increase in “chinplants”—thanks to the flood of aging baby boomers, more competition in the workplace (90 percent of top executives have a stronger chin than the average population), and—get this—the increasing popularity of video chat technology.
What can humans learn from other species about aging well? Quite a lot, as it turns out… One study of rats has researchers hypothesizing that eating 40 percent less food could extend our lives by 20 years. And there’s a study of fruit flies (which age remarkably similarly to humans) that determined that flies that dieted and exercised lived longer than those that just dieted. There’s also some promising news on the pharmaceutical front: Both young and old mice are seeing a boost in cognitive skills and a decrease in depression and anxiety via a new drug being studied—a drug that in an
People are more optimistic than ever before about aging. In herolder is wiser, better, more enlightened—a message that resonates powerfully today, even though Ephron would have argued that older certainly isn’t prettier or without its indignities. (American Apparel’s ad campaign featuring a beautiful, bespectacled “woman of a certain age” seems to defy this.) Assumptions of old age are being reinvented and stereotypes shattered—one example being the notion that young people display superior creativity. It’s been shown that because older people have more capacity for empathy than do adolescents, they can better discern what will get another