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Old age is often associated with a reduction in abilities and the denial of human rights. shutterstock

Do the ravages of age create a case for UN protection?

The reluctance by many to accept or even debate the intersection between old age and disability highlights how society struggles to construct differences in ability.
Thenjiwe Madzinga sits with her grandson Thina Gxotelwa in the small room they share in a shack in Cape Town’s Khayelitsha township. Madzinga cares for her five grandchildren, including four who were orphaned when her daughter died from AIDS in 2002. Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters

South Africa is failing to address malnutrition in its older people

The health care needs of older people tend to be marginalised because South Africa's health policy is focused on children, youth and maternal care.
Yes – cheap flights to Norway! Pedro Ribeiro Simões

Hard Evidence: which is the best country to grow old in?

It’s no secret that the global population is ageing. We’re living longer than ever and are healthier until much later in life. But we’re still struggling to adapt to this changing demographic – and some…
Burt Bacharach. Yui Mok/PA

It’s time to embrace the ageing pop star

When it was announced recently that Burt Bacharach would be headlining this year’s Wilderness Festival, The Guardian were quick to point out the age of the veteran composer turned performer: The 85-year-old…
We need to see old age as success and value older people as expressions of this accomplishment. Vinoth Chandar

An age-old problem: society fails to truly embrace its seniors

Cockroaches in the kitchen, kerosene in the bath, abuse and malnutrition - these are the aged-care stories that often make headlines. We, the public, respond with outrage and calls for more staff and more…

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