Childhood adversity doesn't just affect our choices – according to new research, it also weakens the body's fundamental ability to stay healthy in old age.
Older people are less lonely than we think, but more importantly loneliness is something they face all year round – not just at Christmas.
There are many ways in which older people can engage in their communities and meet new people this Christmas.
Incontinence is frighteningly common.
Migration may help to pay Western pensions, but life is hard for those left behind.
Reader Adam Barclay, 44, wants to know if someone his age has any chance of living forever.
Theresa May's U-turn on social care funding shows how hard it is to fix. But there is a logical solution.
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.
Over the last century, life expectancy has increased by seven hours a day.
Anti-ageing research often uses short-lived model species such as mice. But these species age in a very different way to us, so they may not tell us all that much about boosting our own lifespans.
Spiritual engagement is losing out to efficiency when it comes to older age.
Britain's longest-reigning monarch has seen a big rise in life expectancy since her birth in 1926.
When one in six hospitalisations of older patients are due to harm from their medicines, then something is going seriously wrong.
A drug to treat loneliness may be on the cards. But would we want it?
After the middle years of their life, people report increasing levels of happiness. An expert unpicks the data.
Combining age-related loneliness with other social issues could help breathe new life into public services.
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.
The UK's palliative care is excellent - but that hasn't prevented scandals like the Liverpool Care Pathway and Mid-staffs.
Why is Africa so saddled with ageing presidents who ought to be enjoying their retirement in peace when the continent desperately needs young, agile and innovative leaders equal to its challenges?
A global health and disease study shows we're living longer, but spending more years in poor health. But there are some things within our power to change.