Many people come to see us apologizing for wanting to improve their images. This worries me, the daughter of a psychiatrist and psychiatric social worker, greatly. Why the shame about wanting to look good as the years accumulate? Where is the self-respect those consciousness-raising sessions of the ’60s and ’70s worked so hard to inspire? This guilt about caring for yourself, after years of doing everything for everyone else, of course, just makes me plain crazy.

I appreciate the fact that we have no role models on how to use the anti-aging technology now available. Our mothers and fathers only had surgical options, hair coloring and makeup. We are making it up as we go along. There are no rules or standards to obey, no wrong or right at all. We can choose to control how we age. Now THAT is a very powerful concept. I have reflected on the topic of aging and aging gracefully I have thought long and hard on this issue and will continue to do so.

Below is my essay on anti-aging, please email me any other thoughts you may have from the “Contact Us” page.