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This paper explains that, as the graying of America grows, so does the industry aimed directly at keeping these older people at least looking young. The author discusses the "beauty" companies including the men's anti-aging business, dentists, plastic surgeons, hundreds of books of healthy eating and vitamin supplements. The paper relates that a major fear of getting older is the loss of one's mental capacity because, with the discovery of Alzheimer's disease, the journals and newspapers constantly remind aging readers about the dire effects of losing one's mental and physical capacities and ending up a near-vegetable, subject to the care of family or long-term facilities.
From the Paper:"Want to live longer and be in better physical condition? Now there are books out suggesting hypnosis, both self-hypnosis and going to so-called professionals. The idea is to learn to relax, to literally "think" unpleasant thoughts, such as aging and looking it, out of your mind. Obviously, there are those who believe self-hypnosis can work. "As you relax more and more...the relaxation causes all the muscles and nerves in the affected area to become completely relaxed...your body feels....completely free from discomfort." (Goldberg, p. 184) One can shrug one's shoulders and say, "whatever works for you." Unfortunately, no matter how long one lives, aging will occur, in some people sooner, in others, thanks to medications and surgeries and more attention to diets, longer."
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