A New York City tabloid, which is where I get advice about life, love, the pursuit of happiness, and the Yankees, recently had a story with the headline \u201c60 is the new 32.\u201d This story was accompanied by a photo of Christie Brinkley in a very tight and very short black dress with her toothy grin and flowing blond hair. \u201cStill-sexy Christie Brinkley leads the not-so-over-the-hill gang,\u201d the story said. But for my part, I\u2019m getting a little tired of seeing Christie Brinkley photos everywhere since she turned 60. She was in People magazine in a bikini and at the Sports Illustrated swimsuit party in a slinky orange dress with that same Cheshire Cat smile. Enough already. We\u2019re being fed this crazy deception that we can turn back the clock, that you don\u2019t have to get old, and that if you\u2019re getting old, you\u2019re not one of the \u201cchosen few.\u201d If you think I\u2019m disgruntled because I\u2019m getting old and can\u2019t fit into a slinky orange dress anymore, you\u2019re right. But still, I\u2019m tired of listening to all the hurrahs for celebrities who reputedly look 20 years younger, including Kim Basinger, Sharon Stone and Meryl Streep. (Hey, why aren\u2019t any guys in this group?) Some, like Lindsay Lohan, look 20 years older. The 76 million baby boomers, who pop sociologists tell us are \u201credefining\u201d what it means to get old, are entering their senior years begrudgingly, and as a sort of rallying cry \u2014 or maybe it\u2019s a defense mechanism \u2014 you constantly hear \u201c60 is the new 40.\u201d Does anyone really believe that? Ask your joints if they feel 40. On the other hand, maybe 60 is what 40 was like during the Great Depression. The rest of us can\u2019t afford the same cosmetic surgery and treatments that the likes of Christie Brinkley and Dolly Parton can. And while most celebrities get to go to the gym a few hours a day, we have to get up and go to work in the salt mines, which is hardly conducive to looking 40. The experts also predict baby boomers will continue working into their late 60s and beyond. You know why we\u2019re working? Because we can\u2019t afford to retire. Remember, this is the generation that originally wanted to retire at 55 until the financial meltdown in 2008 evaporated our savings. Virtually everyone I know over 50 who lost their job has been searching a long time for a new one, and some ex-journalists couldn\u2019t even get work at Home Depot \u2026 probably because they don\u2019t look 40. The late Sherwin Nuland, professor of surgery at Yale University, who won the National Book Award for How We Die: Reflections on Life\u2019s Final Chapter, often talked about aging with dignity. In his book The Art of Aging, he wrote, \u201cThe same formula that enhances our later years \u2014 continued mental stimulation, strenuous physical exercise, and unlessened engagement in life\u2019s challenges and rewards \u2014 sometimes fosters an unrealistic confidence that the vitality thus maintained means that we are virtually the same as we were decades earlier, even in appearance.\u201d He calls these self-deceptions \u201coutbursts of denial and bad judgment,\u201d which are common in the celebrity world, where 60-something-year-olds, indeed, act 32. In the entertainment industry, there may be no visible aging, but there certainly isn\u2019t any visible maturity. What will define the last decades of the notorious baby boomer generation? The denial of aging or aging gracefully? A good attitude, not Botox, is the basis of healthy aging. A poll by the Marist Institute of Public Opinion asked several generations, \u201cHow would you say things are these days in your life? Would you say that you are very happy, pretty happy or not too happy?\u201d Guess what? The Greatest Generation took the prize. The survey said that 42% were \u201cvery happy\u201d compared with 31% of the baby boomers, 31% of Generation X, and 28% of Millennials. They found a deeper happiness in something more significant than a bikini body. And that\u2019s worth looking forward to. So what about Christie Brinkley? As my mother would say, \u201cShe looks good \u2026 for her age.\u201d Joe Pisani may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.