Answer? 70! Yep – seventy years old!
She has obviously had work done but it has been done extremely well. No puffy pillow-face or wind-tunnel effect. And she clearly has good genes. She looks fantastic and she does not dress as society expects people her age to dress. Which is great because ageism is prevalent, even today when we have become more enlightened about so many other things. Society expects you to do things a certain way at each age and it is stifling.
As people live longer and healthier, the retirement age will probably increase to 70. Whatever happens, I hope that people who want to continue working after 65 are allowed to and that society starts to recognise their skills and experience as something valuable on the labour market. Nowadays so many people are seen as ‘past it’ as soon as they hit fifty. And there is so much you have to give at that age.
The one thing that I wish someone had told me when I was young is that you stay young inside. It is just the outside that ages. I’ve never particularly minded getting older because so many people in my life died when I was young. My parents did not even reach middle age. So I see every year I am alive as a huge victory. I don’t really do things expected of me and I very seldom have. But every now and then I see myself as society sees me and it is a very sobering sight.
And the men. Also probably had tweaks here and there but no puffy faces or wind tunnel effect here either.