The New York Times article, “The Glamorous Grandmas of Instagram,” was a welcome change from the usual articles about aging. It’s not an alert about health or financial issues. It’s not a story about any one particular aging celebrity who broke through barriers as an exception to the rule. It’s about a generation of women who continue the rebelliousness they grew up with as a product of the 60s and 70s when defiance against the norm drove career and family decisions, which stunned the generation before them.
Bra-less and ripped jeans have been replaced by stylish couture (OK, so ripped jeans are still in style). Long straight hair has been replaced by an edgy coif, sometimes silver. Given the experiences of today’s senior women, it should come as no surprise that women in their 60s and beyond can still embrace fashion, careers and technology. An astute 64-year old woman who Ruth La Ferla interviewed for her article, raises an excellent point: “Why would we accept the aging image of our mothers?”