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.
There’s more to ageing than wrinkles and crow’s feet.
A recent study suggests Australian women are ageing 20 years earlier than their US counterparts. But this claim deserves some close scrutiny.
Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart depict something unusual for superhero films in Logan: ageing.
Marvel Entertainment and 20th Century Fox
As DC and Marvel battle for movie domination at the box office, older people are being left out.
A potential anti-ageing drug is likely to be more effective at maintaining health than extending lifespan.
The true promise of ageing research is that rather than tackling individual diseases one at a time, a single drug to treat ageing would treat all of the diseases that arise in old age, at once.
Researchers have discovered a new way to fight ageing and age-related disease – going after senescent cells.
People with delirium may hallucinate.
Delirium is a neurological (nervous system) condition where a person becomes suddenly confused. Around one in five elderly people in hospital suffer from delirium.
The majority of retiring South Africans look to the state for support.
South Africa might want to consider raising its retirement age to 70 to cope with a challenge of an ageing population that's under-insured and relying on an already pressured public purse.
Remote care is more than the mere sum of technological devices.
We look the same, but one of us will live longer than the other.
Large mammals such as elephants and whales are among the most long-lived of animals, but very tall humans don't enjoy the same benefits.
Still got it.
Thinking of having a baby? It's not all down to women to get healthy in preparation.
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.
It's not all about health and wealth.
Separated at launch. Scott and Mark Kelly.
A twin experiment in space can help us prevent diseases on Earth.
A Japanese dementia patient holds a baby seal robot known as Paro.
Perhaps communication robots can one day help people express their views on having a robot in their life.
It’s estimated our cells will replicate 10,000 trillion times in our lifetime. Errors in this process can lead to cancer.
Modern medicine is increasing our lifespan. But as we survive diseases and live longer, more of us are succumbing to cancer.