Modern medicine too often posits doctors as mechanics and people as machines needing to be fixed.
A model that has the body at the centre and a reductionist view of disease fails to respond to the suffering of the person.
Who wants to waste compassion on aged sex offenders or murderers serving life in prison?
An important indication of a humane society is how we treat our vulnerable. It is hard to think of anyone more vulnerable than an aged person in jail.
The shingles or zoster vaccine (Zostavax) is made from a live but weakened form of the varicella-zoster virus.
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From November 1, the shingles (herpes zoster) vaccine will be available for free to people aged 70 to 79 years. So how and why do you get shingles, and who should be vaccinated?
Older women are often identified and witches and persecuted.
It is particularly dangerous to be an elderly person in Tanzania's rural areas and villages. Legislation exists to protect this group, but it's not being translated into reality.
Don’t believe the stereotype - not all elderly drivers are bad drivers.
Society often assumes older drivers are bad drivers but that is not necessarily true.
As the UK’s population ages, the pressures on the NHS can only get worse.
Heavy clouds are on the horizon for NHS England – and older people will suffer the worst in this downpour.
The saying goes, with age comes wisdom, but is that really true?
Life should never be reduced to sitting and waiting to die.
As this will be the final home for many older people, nursing homes are seen as God's waiting room.
Intergenerational mentoring benefits both older and younger colleagues, as well as their employers.
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Many hidden obstacles confront Australia's older workers, so what workplace changes can be made to maximise the benefits and reduce the problems of an ageing population?
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Care for older people can be more than old peoples homes or hospitals.
Thenjiwe Madzinga sits with her grandson Thina Gxotelwa in the small room they share in a shack in Cape Town’s Khayelitsha township. Madzinga cares for her five grandchildren, including four who were orphaned when her daughter died from AIDS in 2002.
The health care needs of older people tend to be marginalised because South Africa's health policy is focused on children, youth and maternal care.
Many retirees have the option to deplete their financial assets to bolster their standard of living.
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In a system where the age pension is designed to be needs-based, a strong asset test seems like an appropriate tax on the practice of bequeathing assets like superannuation to the next generation.
Beyond being told or incentivised to hire older workers, employers need to feel they are making the right decision.
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The government wants to see more older workers in the workforce, but first we need to overcome the ageist attitudes held my many employers.
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.
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When we consider society’s prevailing view of late-life sexuality, the convention has been that older people are not particularly sexually active or interested in intimate sexual relationships. These preconceptions…
Studies that deliberately exclude older adults from their samples render older adults’ sexuality invisible.
The Australian Study of Health and Relationships (ASHR), the latest findings of which were released recently, has much to commend it. Like its counterpart, the British National Survey of Sexual Attitudes…
Pain, sleeplessness and ‘difficult’ behaviour: just some of the reasons we overprescribe.
It should be no surprise that older adults are the largest users of prescription medication. After all, older adults are far more likely to have chronic health conditions than are younger people. It follows…
Believing sex to be important is the strongest predictor of embodied sexual desire in older women.
Research tells us that women’s sexual functioning declines after midlife, manifested by reductions in arousal and orgasm, and increases in sexual pain. This is linked to reports of reduced sexual activity…
Affects us all.
Two recent complementary reports on long-term care for older people – one from the Demos Commission on Residential Care, chaired by former care minister Paul Burstow, and the other from the King’s Fund…
Older Australians are being prescribed pain relievers for an average of five years when clinical guidelines recommend short-term…