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In some people AMD progresses so slowly that people do not notice the change in their vision. Ken Wu/Unsplash

Explainer: what is age-related macular degeneration?

Macular degeneration affects the part of the eye that allows you to see fine detail. Age-related macular degeneration is the main cause of blindness in Australia.
Hearing the same questions over and over again can be frustrating, but it’s important you stay calm – they’re not trying to annoy you. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Answering the same questions over and over: how to talk to people with dementia

If you care for or know someone with dementia, they've probably asked you “what are we doing today?” “who are you?” or “when are we going home?”
Dementia can affect the ability to perform tasks such as dressing, showering and eating. from shutterstock.com

How Australians Die: cause #3 – dementia (Alzheimer’s)

Dementia is the third leading cause of death in Australia. As the population ages, the number of people with dementia is expected to rise, as is the number of deaths from dementia.
People who are over 90 when they die need considerably more support with every aspect of their daily life in their final year. Pat Pilon/Flickr

Here’s what people in their 90s really think about death

It is rare to hear from people in their tenth or eleventh decade but their voices are crucial to shaping end-of-life care services.
Motor symptoms of Parkinson’s include tremors, stiffness and slowness or loss of spontaneous movement. Lisa/Flickr

What we know and suspect about the causes of Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson’s disease is the second-most-prevalent neurodegenerative condition in Australia, with an estimated 70,000 living with the disease. But what do we know about the causes and risk factors?
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.

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