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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

  • Gwyn Sirota and Gay Block, 74

    Gwyn (pictured at left)
    Baltimore, Maryland
    Reitred Medical Technologist
    Gay and I met a doctor, at a twins conference in the '90s, who was doing a study on how the sun affects aging twins. He offered us plastic surgery, and we finally decided that even though we never thought of having face-lifts, it might be a fun experience for us together. We certainly enjoyed the results, but beauty to me as an older woman is about the inside person; happiness and contentment shine through the wrinkles. Gay
    Kona, Hawaii
    Volunteer Nurse
    We did the surgery because of the study. We're not particularly vain people. What we look like is not a big thing to us. The only way I desire to present myself to the world is as real. That's the basis of my counseling work: "Find who God made you to be and live it to the fullest!" It's got nothing to do with what's on the outside. What matters to me is how kind I am and how well I listen to people's hearts.
    — Photo by Ben Baker

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