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.
Brenda Bradley, 72, and her husband Jimmie, 78, survey flooding from Hurricane Harvey in their neighborhood in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, August 28, 2017.
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Evacuations and disruptions to health care during and after disasters like Hurricane Harvey are serious threats for older adults, who may need support well after relief operations end.
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.
U.S. Army Spc. Pam Anderson applies first-aid medical attention to an elderly man during flood relief operations just outside of Winona, Minnesota, August 20, 2007.
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New research shows that older people are especially at risk during and after natural disasters, and may need medical help or other support well after relief operations end.
Spending on older people is an investment, not a cost.
Older people require both psychological and nutritional support during drought and famine. Kenya needs to implement a comprehensive public health response that assists during emergency situations.
How much of co-housing is shared space is up to residents.
Older Australians are keenly aware of the housing challenges they face, but most are wary of co-housing due to the negative associations of shared living spaces.
Technology offers older Australians a wealth of ways to redefine later life.
Australians are living longer, and digital technologies could help them take control of retirement.
Allowing nursing home residents to come and go as they wish may not be so dangerous after all.
Older people in nursing homes or aged care facilities are often locked up "for their own safety", which new research says isn't usually needed.
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.
Remote care is more than the mere sum of technological devices.
Some people will find it harder than others to choose a new home care service provider to help with gardening or getting out and about.
Older Australians needing extra help at home with bathing or gardening can now choose who provides that service. So what do you need to know before choosing a new service for yourself or a family member?
Our research suggests older people aren't being admitted inappropriately.
Older adults’ health may mainly reflect wealth and socioeconomic status, not the amount they drink.
Baby boomers might not be boosting their health with a glass or two of alcohol a day after all.
Sexuality is still an important part of life for older people, but it’s seldom discussed and rarely researched.
Most of the early research on sexuality and ageing looked at the sexual behaviours and biology of older adults, generally ignoring the wider concept of sexuality.
No-one wakes up at 65 with arthritis. It’s a condition that starts earlier in life and perhaps goes unnoticed until it worsens later in life.
Most people think of arthritis as a disease of the elderly. While this is where it's most commonly seen, it's not where it starts.
Kenya needs to pass laws to provide for the healthcare needs of its ageing population.
With an increased demand for health care for older people, Kenya needs to pass legislation that protects them.
Modern medicine too often posits doctors as mechanics and people as machines needing to be fixed.
A model that has the body at the centre and a reductionist view of disease fails to respond to the suffering of the person.
Who wants to waste compassion on aged sex offenders or murderers serving life in prison?
An important indication of a humane society is how we treat our vulnerable. It is hard to think of anyone more vulnerable than an aged person in jail.
The shingles or zoster vaccine (Zostavax) is made from a live but weakened form of the varicella-zoster virus.
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From November 1, the shingles (herpes zoster) vaccine will be available for free to people aged 70 to 79 years. So how and why do you get shingles, and who should be vaccinated?
Older women are often identified and witches and persecuted.
It is particularly dangerous to be an elderly person in Tanzania's rural areas and villages. Legislation exists to protect this group, but it's not being translated into reality.