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Studies show Chinese women view advanced age as a positive time of wisdom and maturity. from shutterstock.com

A shift in social attitudes can make menopause a positive experience

Three out of four women going through menopause suffer hot flushes, and suffer they do. But research shows the way society views ageing and menopause can reduce the severity of symptoms.
With a quarter of the population aged over 65, Japan has had to be innovative in catering for their wants and needs. Martyn Jones

Japan offers us many lessons in embracing longevity

Japan's ageing population is at the point that Australia is forecast to reach in 2056. The Japanese have had to develop new models of aged care in the community and we can learn a lot from them.
Australia’s current housing options are not future-proofed for its ageing population. shutterstock

How can we best design housing for Australia’s ageing population?

With a booming life expectancy, there is a need for collective, intergenerational discussion and ideas around how to better design housing in Australia’s communities and cities.
Social technologies could provide valuable opportunities for isolated older persons to stay connected to the world. shutterstock

Connecting online can help prevent social isolation in older people

Social isolation in old age is a significant social concern. It is linked to a range of health problems and, in extreme cases, it can lead to people growing old and dying alone.
Activist actor Jane Fonda has turned her attention to the challenges and opportunities of ageing. Reuters/Fred Thornhill

Ageing activism: why we need to give voice to the new third age

Who will be responsible for putting the right policies and services in place to ensure we reap the benefits of healthy ageing and minimise the negatives?
Almost two-thirds of over-65s have three or more diagnosed chronic conditions. Mostovyi Sergii Igorevich/Shutterstock

Can Medicare sustain the health of our ageing population?

Over-65s use twice as many health resources as the average Australian. But it's worth the expense.
Model and television host Heidi Klum poses for photographers prior to the start of the Project Runway show during New York Fashion Week. Reuters/Keith Bedford

About supermodel Heidi Klum and that ‘old lady’ Halloween outfit

Ageing is taboo in the world of the rich and the famous and it is represented as something terrible. Since when did looking old become something to laugh at?

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