For women of a certain age, wrinkles, graying hair and overall physical decline can be as much a part of growing older as are the increasing number of candles on the birthday cake. Should we give in or fight it? Our essayists tackle the question with humor, outrage and acceptance.

Whether it’s our concern over sagging boobs, a roll around the waist, or an overall body expansion, it seems we’re all victims of the beauty mystique. And, sadly, even the most exhausting workouts can’t completely undo what nature has wrought.

Instead of pining over the losses, these essays look on the bright side. We may be invisible to too many men, but many of us have become invincible, empowered by self-knowledge and experience.

So mirror be damned! We boomer women are better than ever.