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Should older people who are not severely ill have the right to ask for assisted dying?

This summer, on 17 July 2020, Dutch parliamentarian Pia Dijkstra submitted a controversial legislative proposal that would allow healthy older people to have assistance with dying if they cons...


Role of a virus in Alzheimer’s disease (AD)

Dementia afflicts over 50 million people worldwide, and the numbers affected will rise as more people survive to old age. The emotional costs to the sufferer and the carer are huge, as are the econ...


A new approach to fertility projections

In 2018 the research group behind the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) studies published a set of life expectancy projections which made use of an innovative approach to projecting future trends in l...


Ageing in America 40 years on

Forty years ago, the industrial designer Pattie Moore conducted a daring piece of social research. Aged 26 and working in New York at the famous Raymond Loewy design studio, she decided to find out...


Why You Do Not Know What You Will Be When You Grow Older: Rethinking Careers

‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ This is probably one of the most common questions asked to children. The expectation is to hear an answer like fireman or doctor – a pro...


The containment of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic as a question of intergenerational justice – a German perspective

The measures taken in Germany to respond to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic have imposed restrictions and burdens on people in all age groups: Schools were closed and working age adults were required to wo...


The growing appeal of investing in ageing populations

We are now more than 6 months into the COVID19 pandemic, which still seems to occupy the exclusive attention of many policy makers and businesses. Economic uncertainty remains high.  globally,...


How employers must adapt to longer lives

I absolutely loved The 100 Year Life, a book by two London Business School professors, Lynda Gratton and Andrew J. Scott. It was one of the first books to examine how our ability to live longe...


Closing the evidence gap on older refugees

Amidst the continuing and growing Coronavirus crisis this year’s World Refugee Day has again passed almost unnoticed, despite the nearly 80 million people who are forcibly displaced around th...


Government Response to COVID-19 and the Elderly

Since my last blog from April 9, 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has continued with more infections in all corners of the world. There are now roughly 15 million cases, which is about 10 times the numb...


GROWING OLDER, CREATIVELY, TOGETHER

It was of course the Oxford Institute on Ageing who got the ball rolling. Fifteen years ago the staff team at the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London were stirred by reports of widespread poor treatm...


Canadians Aging in Place

As Canada celebrates its 153rd birthday this July 1, the population of aging Canadians continues to expand with more than 6.5 million people aged 65 and older and approximately 7% of these individu...


Why Do Japanese Wear Masks?

Extraordinary measures have been taken in most parts of the world to contain the covid-19 pandemic. Most of us have had to adapt our daily lives to help slow the spread of the virus, protect the mo...


Digital living and the doughnut economy

Over the last few months, most of the world has implemented social distancing measures that have the effect of accelerating the digitalisation of our daily activities. Because our ability to move f...


Will a rethink on offices benefit older workers?

As the great pandemic of 2020 infiltrates every corner of our lives, there is one place perhaps more than any other that has been affected. This is the office, the defining building type of the 20t...