Healthy ageing

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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.
Older adults have less deep sleep than younger people and it’s more easily interrupted. Image Point Fr/Shutterstock

Good sleep gets harder as we age, but mindfulness could help

By learning to become more aware of present-moment experiences, we learn not to react to thoughts and worries that can interfere with sleep.
Baby boomer women are dressing differently and rejecting a look they associated with their mothers. Pedro Ribeiro Simões/Flickr

Ageing gracefully: how women steer the line between inauthentic and old

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…
Being lean and unfit is worse than being fat and fit. Raúl González/Flickr

Does my BMI look big in this? And does it really matter?

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…
Purple breast cancer cells self-destruct. Khuloud T. Al-Jamal & Izzat Suffian

How self-destructing cells may hold key to cancer cure

In the time that it will take you to read this article, millions of your body’s cells will have died via a self-destruct mechanism known as programmed cell death. This process is part of your body’s normal…
They want us to retire at what age? Aletia/Shutterstock

75 is the new 65, so we should all keep working for longer

The idea of raising the retirement age is not popular – most people resent being told they must work for longer. But with life expectancies increasing and people enjoying higher quality of life at older…
Honey, this stress hurts me more than you. lightwavemedia

Good relationships keep you healthier for longer

Arguments with the people we are close to can have a serious impact on our health and mortality rate, a new study has confirmed. The link between having supportive friends and family and serious health…
Old people aren’t museum relics. Mr Push

Hard Evidence: can we afford an ageing population?

Stories about “population ageing” often have a number of things in common – it is bad, it is new, and it will overwhelm us all. The major fear is a burden of cost and caring that more older people will…
Does my brain look small in this? Scans can be used to detect brain shrinkage. Flickr/bucaorg

Brain scan library will help us understand normal ageing

As many as 500 brain scans are performed in Scotland every week. These scans are mostly used to diagnose - or rule out - serious diseases like strokes and tumours, but this is not their only function…
More of a gentle wave than a silver tsunami. PA

Older people are more than a cost benefit equation

We really should have seen the crisis coming. It isn’t as if older people are a forgotten minority. Most of us, whether or not we are old, interact with people who are on a daily basis. And much of our…
Older riders are up to three times as likely to be seriously injured in a motorcycle crash as young adults, the study found. Elvert Xavier Barnes Photography,

Why older motorcyclists are at higher risk of serious injury

Older motorcycle riders are up to three times as likely to be seriously injured in a crash as young adults, according to…

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