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Is it possible to delay human ageing? The evolution of anti-ageing treatments

Is it possible to delay human ageing? Brian Hanley, the founder of Butterfly Sciences, a company that has developed gene therapies for ageing, strongly believes that delaying human ageing is alr...


Ageing Canadians: Census reveals more seniors than children living in Canada

The 2016 Canadian census results were released on May 3 and have revealed that there are a greater number of older adults than children, for the first time in census history.  Statistics Canad...


Long-term care needs for older persons and the youth bulge in sub-Saharan Africa: an interface with potential for growth ... (!?)

In the May 2017 newsletter of Ron Smith  Care Centre operated by the Rand Aid Association, a registered non-profit organisation offering a continuum of care to older persons in Johannesburg So...


Russia’s Changing Relations with Europe and Asia

In my blog of 15 February 2017 I reported on my completion of a forthcoming article in the Journal of Population Ageing on the topic of ‘The Changing Capabilities of Cohorts of the Elder...


Living too long? Is this the beginning of the end of the success story?

One of the greatest achievements of humankind has to be that as many people as possible are living as long as possible. But is this the beginning of the end of this success story? Around the wor...


A new composite indicator: the Index of Wellbeing in Later Life (WILL)

In February Age UK published an Index of Wellbeing in Later Life.  Anyone interested in composite indicators should have a look at it.  The introduction to the summary report on the Index...


Robots and ageing: a design dilemma

In designing the next generation of products and services to enhance the experience of later life and allow people to live independently for longer, there are two diametrically opposed design appro...


Social Care and the Spring Budget

The announcement that the Spring budget will provide social care with an additional £2bn for the next three years, with £1bn available in 2017-8 has been met with an understandably mixe...


Longevity and music as meaning

“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” -- Nietzsche   To celebrate his 75th birthday, Maurizio Pollini is playing two concerts at London’s Royal Festiv...


Happiness in Germany and Denmark: Hygge vs Gemütlichkeit

The ‘Better life index’ is an instrument to compare countries based on eleven topics of well-being indicators like education, work-life balance or life satisfaction. Of particular note ...


Ageing in Russia

Over the past several months I have made research visits to Russia (three times), Germany and South Korea in connection with several projects, including an almost completed one on the changing circ...


Climate Change and Ageing in Spain

A critical issue facing Spain’s health system is their ageing population with 30% of their population projected to be aged 65 years or more by 2050. This is against a background of major econ...


The New Global Gag Rule

Numerous controversial executive orders, memoranda and proclamations signed by US President Trump since his inauguration have left many people aghast and distraught, and the rate at which they are ...


Who Wants to Be a Geriatrician? A Looming Shortage in Our Time of Need

If I had to compile a list of “frequently asked questions” when discussing my future medical career with others, “what type of doctor do you want to become?” nears the top o...


The world’s longest studied birth cohort turns 70 – here’s what they’ve told us

The world’s oldest continually running birth cohort study – the MRC National Survey of Health and Development – turns 70 this month. A birth cohort study is one where a represe...