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Age-old issues

June 27, 2004

I read with interest the article about the ever-continuing dilemma of aging baby boomers in America ("The New Ideal: Forever 35-ish," June 13). As I watch my mother go through the real aging process with humor and tolerance, she said to me the other day, "No one teaches you how to grow old. They teach you everything else except that! I wonder why?"

I really couldn't answer her (she is 85 years old and doesn't even have wrinkles!). Our youth-obsessed society has become a terrible, all-consuming way of life.

While people are so busy with their Botox, liposuction, plastic surgery and any wonder drugs they can get their hands on, they forget to live their lives, be who they really are and fool themselves into anything they can get away with. They are not fooling anyone. You can fight it, ignore it, lift it, tuck it, hide it, tie it in a big knot or just get over yourself and accept it and face it! It's going to happen whether you like it or not.

Frances Terrell Lippman

Los Angeles

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