It is heartening to hear that old people are increasingly making use of advancements in medical science to look younger. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, about 85000 procedures were conducted in 2010 in the US on patients above 65 years of age. That number must have gone up now. In India also, more and more people are going in for cosmetic procedures to take care of their wrinkles, loose skin, baldness and so on. This is indicated by reports that keep appearing in media. Non-invasive procedures are also popular among those who want to avoid the knife.
Those who have been brought up in the old tradition may frown upon this misadventure. Many people subconsciously feel that once a person reaches a certain age, he/she should look his age. Cosmetic procedures to look good are meant for those who are not so old. The old should go for morning walks, do light yoga, go on pilgrimage, play with their grand children, visit places of worship and at best, do some social service. What business do they have to try and look younger?
But old people are also human beings. If they have some desires, if they want to look good and younger, why should others frown? They are not necessarily doing this for others. They are doing this mostly for themselves. They have a right to live the way they want to. They are entitled to do what makes them happy as long as this does not harm others. And with increased longevity, the desire to look younger is easy to understand. Gone are the days when people quietly waited for death after retirement. Theoretically, after retirement today, there are so many years to live that one need not start planning for death. One may start planning for a new life - full of joy and fulfilment - after retirement. This life may even be better than the pre-retirement life.
I think, the young generation today does not mind the urge among the old people to improve their looks. They have a liberal attitude and are in fact happy to see this enthusiasm for life. It is people who are neither young nor old who find it difficult to come to terms with the new phenomenon.