There are many ways in which older people can engage in their communities and meet new people this Christmas.
As 90-year-old Thumekile Mthiyane proves, you’re never too old to learn or try new things.
It's common knowledge that children are voracious learners but the famous cliche suggests that you can't teach an old dog new tricks. This simply isn't true.
Life expectancy has been steadily improving in the UK for 110 years. Until now.
Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant found in blueberries.
Scientists are hoping to one day be able to turn the natural dietary compound resveratrol into medicines to slow down ageing.
Sign of caution – or celebration?
What if the menopause was something we thought positively about or were able to discuss openly without fear of derision?
BMW recently opened a factory for aging workers in southern Germany.
Employers who cater for their ageing workforce will get better staff productivity and engagement levels
Breast cancer rates in China are rising, and are expected to continue rising for the next three decades.
How likely is it that someone alive today may live for centuries?
Reader Adam Barclay, 44, wants to know if someone his age has any chance of living forever.
Still got it.
Gino Santa Maria
Brain games, learning languages, rowing? Beware of snake oil salesman claiming we know it all.
A certain amount of cognitive decline with age is inevitable, but there are ways to radically slow this decline.
Baby boomers who drink and take drugs risk a range of physical and mental problems that younger substance users don’t necessarily face.
More Australians over 50 are drinking and taking drugs than ever before. Here's why that can be a problem.
How can Europe best take care of its elderly?
By 2050, over 36% of Europe's population will be 65-plus, leading to a shortage of professional and informal caretakers across the region. Coordination on elder care may be the EU's best bet.
The Danish Choir “Gangstativerne”, singing.
at a conference launching the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity Between Generations in 2012.
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William Isdale speaks with Nancy Pachana about why we should stop thinking about ageing as a time of decline, and focus on engaging and leveraging the experience of our elders.
Neural stem cells that have been transplanted into a mouse brain, here developing into neurons.
Yirui Sun, Wellcome Images
A study in mice shows that transplantation of healthy stem cells into the brain's hypothalamus can boost lifespan considerably.
Keeping the elderly healthy may be the key to reversing the trend.
It is possible to boost life expectancy once it has stalled. One route could be to tackle a few specific ageing processes.
Australian governments of all persuasions have shared three common beliefs about the economic value of home ownership in later life.
The promotion of home ownership as a way of funding care in later life is part of a broader policy trend toward making people individually responsible for the opportunities they have.
Madonna and fashion designer Jeremy Scott arrive at this year’s Met Gala in New York.
Why is Cher, 71, celebrated when she wears a near-nude costume while Madonna, 58, receives revulsion? 19th century women's magazines reveal how the double standards of beauty for older women came about.
A new study calls for screening to lower the risk of malnutrition for older people.
Old age comes with many challenges, including concerning levels of malnutrition. But screening and early intervention could make a substantial difference - and save health budget funds.
We may not be able to 'age backwards', as some jellyfish do, but research is slowly revealing the secrets of successful ageing for humans.
A new study in mice raises hopes that we could live longer and be healthier.