These days when I look in the mirror, I’m kind of happy that my vision isn’t what it used to be. I feel a little like a character in one of my favorite children’s books. If you’re as old as I am, you might remember it. It’s a Golden Book classic called The Saggy Baggy Elephant.
“I’d better hide in a dark place where my bags and sags and creases and wrinkles won’t show,” laments Suki, the little elephant. Of course, by the end of the book, he learns that, much like the ugly duckling, he is more beautiful than he knows. Wish I could say I feel the same way.
Yeah, yeah. I know, we’re all beautiful. The aging process is beautiful, life is beautiful. Blah, blah. Come on, admit it, it isn’t easy watching yourself age. And anyone who tells you differently doesn’t own a magnifying mirror. But really, it isn’t just about vanity. Much of the aging process is medical, hormonal and psychological. It involves our sanity (and some justified profanity), as well.
To get a better understanding of the changes and challenges that we women go through, I spoke with Northwell Health’s Dr. Barbara Keber, vice chair of family medicine at Glen Cove Hospital, and Dr. Gianni Rodriguez-Ayala, OB/GYN. Here’s what I learned: