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At some pint in our lives, we all decide how we’re going to age. Are we the ‘nip-tuck’ variety or the ‘au-naturel’ type? Do we prize the experience that comes with age while maintaining good health, good relationships and a positive outlook, or do we feel betrayed by every wrinkle, every ache and every rotation of the clock’s tireless hands as youth slips through our fingers?

The subject of aging has been very much on my mind lately. With the recent passing of a dear aunt and three of my most beloved relatives now in their 90s, the inevitability of time has been made very apparent to me. Even my parents – both now in their 60s – don’t have the stamina they once had.

I’ve turned to some very inspiring literature and photography lately that celebrates the process of aging and that’s what this week’s post is all about: growing old with vitality, individualism and personality. One of the sources I love most is a blog called Advanced Style. Created by Ari Seth Cohen, a thirtysomething New Yorker, the blog is an archive of the most stylish older women the city showcases on its streets on a daily basis. From socialites to former models, from writers to editors, as well as ordinary women on their way to the flower market, the women here possess a truly individualistic joie-de-vivre that comes through in their fashion choices and, by extension, their confidence. Below are five photos of some exceptionally well-aged beauties. From top to bottom they are Iris Apfel, former model Carmen Dell’orefice, Rita Marcus (an 81 year-old blogger), Anna Piaggi (the recently deceased fashion writer for Italian Vogue) and former model Tziporah Salamon. In a culture obsessed with youth, it is deeply gratifying to know that life doesn’t end after 50. The glint of sharp awareness in the eyes of these women and their uncompromising style prove it.

As a side note, I would also like to recommend the latest book by Martha Stewart. It is called Living The Good Long Life and Dr. Brent was instrumental in its production. (He is featured several times in the book.) I have read the book cover to cover and have taken its timeless advice to heart. Martha has been one of my role models for decades and at age 71 she is even more inspiring to me. You can order the book here.

 

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  • By: Evelyn Spires

    I love every one of these ladies! I am 81 and certainly can’t complain! Life is good! I miss you so much on tv! I also miss Farmer John, Poka Spot and the goats. Do you still have your sheep? Keep up the good work………Your vegetable garden is wonderful. evelyn

  • By: Beth Robinson

    I come from a family blessed with longevity … my great grandparents passed at 96 and 98 and their daughter at 103. Sometimes I wonder how they did it but am grateful that such is my heritage. What I notice most these days at age 62, other than my knees, is that I fit into my own skin. I don’t feel the need to dress to impress; in fact, my ancient jeans and really deplorable favorite t-shirt along with my Crocs make me ridiculously happy. I am finally working on myself toward better health and that’s what important these days. OK … I admit that I could stand a few less lines under my eyes, but am grateful for every day I’m given in this journey called “life.”

  • By: Teresa Jones

    Thank you for this post of women of a certain age, as I am 52 and still have it going on somewhat. I was feeling a little down today before I read this…again thanks so much ;)

  • By: Rhonda Dugas

    I cried when I read this. thank you for loving the woman with age. thank you for seeing beauty as multi dimensional.

  • By: Heather

    “There’s no question that getting old isn’t easy, but it’s a privilege, folks. I’m over people being “woe is me” about getting old.” (Laura Linney, actress)

    You are in good company, Dorothy.

  • By: penny

    I love what Dorothy said, Growing older is an experience some people never get… I just became a Grandmother, and feel more grateful everyday for the experience. My favorite Aunt was in her 90 ‘s when she died, but I never once thought of her as old, she was ageless! I hope to follow her example and enjoy every moment of this wonderful life!

  • By: Dorothy Hayes

    Aging is a process that I find amusing. My head says 30+ while my body says 63. Started weight training and kickboxing at 61 and feel stronger than at 30+. Laughing at myself is OK and I do not get embarrassed when having a “moment”. Growing older is an experience some people never get. So cherish it and enjoy.

    • By: Diane Svatek

      Wonderful attitude. I share your “head says 30+ while my body says 63″ (61 for me.)
      Retirement is giving me the time to exercise and take better care of myself. I’m striving to reach my grandmother’s 102 years.

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