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Photo Gallery: What 70 (and 80) Looks Like

These people over 70 tell you why they're happy in their own skin

  • Harold Battiste, Jr., 80

    New Orleans, Louisiana
    Jazz Composer

    I lost my hair when I was a teen. I had a disease called alopecia — it never bothered me. I grew my beard when I was in my 30s. When it turned gray, it seemed like an asset; it made me feel outstanding. I got involved with my African heritage and started dressing in African designs. It's important to express that part of my identity. Twenty years ago I had a stroke and recently I started using a walker. I began to fall down a lot and wound up in the hospital. I hope I seem happy, What's important to me is making music. I like the song "Do Watcha Wanna." You gotta do watcha wanna do — if you've got the nerve!
    — Photo by Ben Baker

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