Our heart works hard for every second we are alive. Eventually its processes will wear out.
Given our increasing lifespan, we need to better understand how and why the cardiovascular system ages and whether we can slow down the processes involved.
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.
We experience lots of changes in our body as we age, and our eyes and ears are no exception. Unfortunately this toys with our senses.
Changes to our eyes and ears occur as a result of disease, genetic factors, "wear and tear" and environmental factors.
Older people are more likely to have falls as their balance and muscle strength usually isn’t what it was.
In 2012 the total cost of poor bone health in adults aged over 50 years was A$2.75 billion, and 64% of this cost was the direct cost associated with treating and managing fractures.
As our population ages, doctors and hospital staff need to know how to care for increasing numbers of patients with dementia.
As our population ages and life expectancy increases so does the need for comprehensive health and care services for older people.
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.