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.
Still got it.
Gino Santa Maria
Brain games, learning languages, rowing? Beware of snake oil salesman claiming we know it all.
A certain amount of cognitive decline with age is inevitable, but there are ways to radically slow this decline.
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.
How can Europe best take care of its elderly?
By 2050, over 36% of Europe's population will be 65-plus, leading to a shortage of professional and informal caretakers across the region. Coordination on elder care may be the EU's best bet.
The Danish Choir “Gangstativerne”, singing.
at a conference launching the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity Between Generations in 2012.
DG EMPL/ flickr
William Isdale speaks with Nancy Pachana about why we should stop thinking about ageing as a time of decline, and focus on engaging and leveraging the experience of our elders.
Neural stem cells that have been transplanted into a mouse brain, here developing into neurons.
Yirui Sun, Wellcome Images
A study in mice shows that transplantation of healthy stem cells into the brain's hypothalamus can boost lifespan considerably.
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.