Too many older people feel socially excluded.
Older people aren't all lonely for the same reasons – we need different solutions to help them feel socially included.
We’re more likely to recall memories and information we’ve used frequently rather than those obtained at a particular age.
People with dementia judge the passage of time differently, and can access remote memories from many decades ago while being unable to remember events of the past few hours.
The future may not be as bleak as we thought.
Five new European studies say dementia occurrence is stable or falling. Our panic may have been unnecessary.
Australians are living and working longer, marrying later and earning more that past generations.
Divorce rates are on the decline in Australia, people are marrying and having children later in life, and more of us live alone. Our experts respond to the new report on Australia's welfare.
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Over the past few years we've seen a dramatic rise in the rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among Australians aged 60 years and older.
Despite the Intergenerational Report’s assertion about ageing’s negative impact on labour force participation, the effect turns out to be minimal.
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The 2015 Intergenerational Report is being used as a basis for important decisions about future policies. But it makes some misleading claims.
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Care for older people can be more than old peoples homes or hospitals.
Turns out we are as old as we feel - and look.
Would you want to know how long you've got left to live? Scientists are getting closer to estimating it.
Embrace life, not quarter or middle life crises.
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Higher life expectancies, children as a choice and replacements for faulty bodywork. We've never had it so good.
Older workers and retirees are fast becoming Australia’s most significant age group of voters – but future federal governments will struggle to pay for their retirement without serious reform.
Within three years, Australians will face a $100 billion bill just to cover the age pension and super tax breaks. That bill is set to keep rising; by 2025, one in three of us will be 55-plus.
Now, don’t distract me while I’m doing this.
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Older adults are less able to ignore distractions as they try to remember things.
Men generally have more grey hairs than women.
Most of us find our first "greys" by the time we turn 30, usually at the temples, then later, across the scalp.
The age workers are perceived as “older” is getting younger.
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The way many organisations construe old age is likely to be very different to its definition in the soon-to-be-released Intergenerational Report.
Only 3% of elderly people know how to access health-related information.
With more health information going online, it has never been easier to proactively manage our health. Problem is, the people who would benefit the most are using it the least.
Baby boomer women are dressing differently and rejecting a look they associated with their mothers.
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It doesn’t matter how old you are, you can still look fabulous. This message is sold to us by magazines, newspapers, the cosmetics industry, fashion labels and dating agencies. Think of the recent movie…
Baby Boomer women are challenging ideas around what it means to grow old.
Older people, and particularly older women, are often thought of as being asexual or sexually undesirable. Although the particular age this is believed to happen varies somewhat in the popular imagination…
Being lean and unfit is worse than being fat and fit.
This month, the toxic combination of extreme heat and summer holidays will probably mean that you’re going to expose more flesh than you would like to someone whose opinion you care about. January is the…
It’s never too late to balance the ledger!
Like many high school students I completely misunderstood the philosopher Herbert Spencer’s phrase “survival of the fittest.” I interpreted it to mean that those animals of a species that were the most…
A closer analysis of ‘generation war’ debates reveals that inequalities within generations remain far more significant than those between them.
The political debate over generational equity, which has been rekindled in the past week, now dominates discussions over wealth, government spending and fiscal sustainability. But a closer look at some…
Take the strain.
People have used bodybuilding to improve their physical performance for at least 1,500 years. The first recorded example was the sixth-century wrestler, Milo of Croton, in southern Italy. Milo reportedly…