Care facilities are often considered a last resort in South Africa. Personal care is assumed to be provided by family and household members.
We found that the key factors behind poor cognitive function were related to levels of education, being a woman, marital status and being poor.
Rapid population ageing has prompted researchers to study disease trends in older South Africans. The aim is to understand the role that specific health conditions play in ageing among rural people.
Research done over the past 26 years
provides insights into changes across people's lives, helps evaluate interventions, and provides information for local, provincial and national planning.
It's evident from research that while health influences economic well-being, the inverse is also true, economic well-being influences health.
Ageing may be caused by hyperfunctioning genes.
Delivering the extra protein older people need via biscuits could be a simple and effective way to help guard against muscle loss in ageing.
Average temperatures in Australia are already high by international standards, but what happens when they continue to rise? How much heat can our bodies withstand?
We need to keep active and exercise to stay healthy. So why not teach school kids some of the activities they'd go on to enjoy later in life?
Do you often forget where you put the keys or what you were looking for in the fridge? It's not necessarily a sign of cognitive decline – it might just come down to being tired, stressed or worried.
Is grunting a sign that we’re ageing fast? Or is it just one of those things that come with the middle years, like reading glasses, greying hair and 'dad jokes'?
Many chronic diseases increase our risk of Alzheimer's disease. This link between our bodies and our brains means certain healthy choices could protect our cognitive function.
An enzyme called TOR could hold the secret to a longer, healthier life.
The focus on the ageing of women is by no means a modern phenomenon.
A muscle-wasting condition called sarcopenia affects up to one-third of older adults. The good news is that people with sarcopenia can rebuild their muscle mass.
It may look like a whiskered cocktail sausage, but the naked mole rat's incredible biology may one day improve countless lives.
A new study reveals that older adults -- even those chronically ill -- feel at least 20 years younger than their chronological age. What are the implications for those who run seniors centres?
Rates of elective surgery are rising most among those aged over 85, due to advances in anaesthesia and techniques such as keyhole surgery. But it's also much riskier.
Older people may be vulnerable to the physiological effects of anger, but not sadness.
Creative arts therapies allow people with dementia to express joy and sadness through painting, dance, music and drama.