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Addressing the sexual and reproductive health rights of older women

Earlier this month, “Women Deliver”, the 5th Global Conference on Gender Equality, Health, Rights and Well Being of Girls and Women, took place in Vancouver. This is the world’s l...


Titchfield City Group on Ageing: A Global Stocktaking of Age-Disaggregated Data and Ageing-Related Statistics

Population ageing is now a major policy concern in many countries around the world. Societies are changing quickly as more of us are living to more advanced ages and older people are becoming ever ...


Ageing Populations and Automation: How Will These Trends Shape the Future of Work?

Recent media coverage on the future of work overwhelmingly highlights two trends: ageing populations and automation. But what do we know about how these developments will interact? This was the sub...


A glimpse into financial elder abuse

A few years ago, my mother died unexpectedly and I was left to take care of my father. In his late 70s at the time, my father had never written a check or paid a bill. He had been completely depend...


Silver Stoners: Cannabis use amongst older Canadians

Older adults are the fastest growing demographic of Canadian cannabis users; however the implications of cannabis use for older adults are largely unknown. Despite this, there are a number of sugge...


The Demonization of Older People

Just when you think you are living in an enlightened 21st century society, you read Philllip Inman’s article in the Observer under the headline: Old people are an increasing burden, but must ...


Four futures of work

What is the future for older people in the UK workplace as the British economy grapples with rapid technological change? How will the introduction of automation and AI have an impact on extended wo...


A book worth re-reading?*

In the early 2000s I worked on a study that set out to compare the experience of chronic illness and disability at different stages of life: young adulthood and mid-life vs later life and old age.&...


Precision medicine approaches to mental health

In an age where the collection of data is accelerating at unprecedented rates, the ways in which we use these data are as diverse as the devices used to collect them. The ubiquity of smartphone dev...


“Missing Millions”? Older people in disasters and emergencies

As if we needed it, the damage inflicted by Cyclone Idai on three countries across southern Africa is yet another reminder of the increasing vulnerability of whole populations to the impacts of cli...


How To Live Forever: Book Review

At first blush, I didn't think a book entitled  How to Live Forever was for me.  I was expecting a hard sell on a new killer vitamin that would add years to my life...gene therap...


Choosing to die in anticipation of age-related deterioration: reflections on a complex debate

Across the whole Western world, there is increasing public debate about the exercise of individual control over the timing and manner of death. More and more people, especially in old age, seem to ...


Food transition and demographic change: the role of nutrition in ageing and longevity of populations

The improvement in population longevity is a very complex phenomenon in which a range of environmental, behavioural, sociodemographic and dietary factors all influence physiological mechanisms rele...


Industrial 4.0 VS Society 5.0

Since 2010, the effects of Industry 4.0, a shorthand name for the so-called 4th Industrial Revolution, has been apparent in almost all sectors of German industry. Automation, digitalisation and oth...


Dementia challenges in Pakistan: A case study of low- and middle-income country

In England we are becoming increasingly familiar with dementia. What is this disease? What are its common symptoms? How does it progress and why is it becoming a burden for not just patients but fo...