The decision about whether to operate can’t just be based on age, though age-related decline is certainly a consideration.
Rates of elective surgery are rising most among those aged over 85, due to advances in anaesthesia and techniques such as keyhole surgery. But it's also much riskier.
As we age, our bodies need different types of exercise. Here is a guide to doing the right exercise for your age.
You’re another year older but that doesn’t have to mean poorer health.
As you age, your body deteriorates and your risk of disease and injury increases. Here's a decade by decade guide to what you're up against – and what you can do about it.
When an ageing person is forced to move out of their family home, that can trigger a host of problems that policy is doing little to prevent.
Millions of older Australians live in houses that don't safely meet their needs, but they're not ready for a nursing home. Lack of suitable housing and the moving costs leave them with nowhere to go.
Staying physically active can play a big part in ageing well – and a well-designed neighbourhood helps with that.
Our ageing population presents several social and economic challenges, particularly for the health sector. Physical activity can tackle many of these.
Simple features, like a thoughtfully sited bench, can make a big difference to older people’s ability to enjoy public spaces in the city.
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Several key aspects of public open space can encourage older people to get out and about. And badly designed and maintained facilities have the opposite effect and can harm their wellbeing.
Brain training programs support healthy brain ageing – but you’ve got to choose the right one.
Many brain training programs are based on the principles of neuroplasticity. But a new study shows that less than 40% are backed by proof of efficacy.
What’s going on in the brain?
What's going on in the brain when something seems familiar but we don't know why.
Retirement may not automatically lead to better health but it presents an opportunity to engineer a healthier lifestyle.
Contrary to popular belief, retirees are more likely to enjoy a healthier lifestyle than their counterparts who remain in workforce.
Never too old.
You can't do much about the genes you're dealt, but the BELFAST study of nonagenarians shows that you can live a long and healthy life if you play your cards well.
Studies show Chinese women view advanced age as a positive time of wisdom and maturity.
Three out of four women going through menopause suffer hot flushes, and suffer they do. But research shows the way society views ageing and menopause can reduce the severity of symptoms.
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The secret to longevity – take a look at your poo to find out.
Let’s think about our healthy ageing.
New research suggests Britons are living longer and in good mental shape – but it's not good news across the board.
Almost two-thirds of over-65s have three or more diagnosed chronic conditions.
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Over-65s use twice as many health resources as the average Australian. But it's worth the expense.
Our expert explains how our bodies' many complex systems deteriorate, leading to an increased risk of falling.
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Over the past few years we've seen a dramatic rise in the rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among Australians aged 60 years and older.
Embrace life, not quarter or middle life crises.
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Higher life expectancies, children as a choice and replacements for faulty bodywork. We've never had it so good.
Older adults have less deep sleep than younger people and it’s more easily interrupted.
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By learning to become more aware of present-moment experiences, we learn not to react to thoughts and worries that can interfere with sleep.
Only 3% of elderly people know how to access health-related information.
With more health information going online, it has never been easier to proactively manage our health. Problem is, the people who would benefit the most are using it the least.
Baby boomer women are dressing differently and rejecting a look they associated with their mothers.
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It doesn’t matter how old you are, you can still look fabulous. This message is sold to us by magazines, newspapers, the cosmetics industry, fashion labels and dating agencies. Think of the recent movie…