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Opening Arguments

No grace here

I'm sorry to report that Hoosiers are just as vain as the rest of the country when they go into denying-the-inevitable mode:

Physicians, tourism gurus and business experts say Hamilton County is becoming a draw for services that cater to a growing population of wealthy and well-educated baby boomers wanting to age with grace.
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Places that provide "body work" from Botox injections to LASIK eye surgery have cropped up across the county as the baby boomer population has grown, along with the number of medical facilities which provide a place for surgeons to perform their services.
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No one group tracks this portion of the health services industry in the county, but on the whole that sector boasts 808 businesses countywide. Nationwide, more than $11.3 billion was spent on cosmetic procedures in 2006, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Of the local health services businesses, more than 700 have fewer than 20 employees, according to the Hamilton County Alliance.
Wow -- 808 business in one Indiana county catering to vain baby boomers. But what's this business in the opening sentence about "aging with grace"? I thought growing old gracefully involved accepting nature's ravages, not rushing to Hamilton County for the tummy tucks and breast lifts that make the plastic surgeons' Mercedes payments.
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