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Getting Older v. Feeling Old: The Challenges of Aging

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By Stacey O’Brien Every time I look in the mirror, I’m struck by how quickly my hair is graying. I’m a redhead (or a ginger, as we are now called), and had deep auburn hair as a girl. Now that I’m in my mid 50s, that fiery hair has lightened to a strawberry blonde. I’ve always been opposed to coloring it, but recently, I thought about it…but that only lasted for a few minutes. Instead, I tried a henna shampoo (a tip from another ginger!). I don’t feel a day over 30 inside, but my hair (and my skin, my hands and my body) show the world I’ve been alive longer than that. Women in particular often dread the changes that aging brings and go through significant…

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