Tag: Old Age
Scientists’ hopes for drugs to stop dementia
After the breakthrough in 2013 and further studies on mice, experts now hope that drugs already safely used on humans will stop the onset of terrifying degenerative brain diseases.
How your personality changes in your lifetime
In 1950, over 1,200 teenagers took a personality test. Sixty years later, they took it again — and their characters had completely changed. Will you be the same person at 77 as you are now?
The athlete who wants to end her own life
She is a brilliant competitor with three Paralympic medals to her name. Yet Marieke Vervoort is set on assisted suicide. Is this inspirational, or a dangerous precedent for others?
Nation split over ‘man on the moon’ TV advert
Since Friday the controversy has raged. The annual John Lewis Christmas TV advert has been released. Is it an honest attempt to make a better society? Or bigger profits? Or might it do both?
‘Europe’s oldest man’ dies aged 111
Nazar Singh was born in India in 1904. Last week he died after living in England for 50 years. Will 111-year lifespans soon be the norm? And what effects might that have on our society?
Beloved neuroscientist faces death head-on
Oliver Sacks has spent his life understanding neurological disorders, and as he faces death he talks of having a deeper grasp of living. Can we all experience this level of clarity?
Fury at GPs’ ‘bounty’ for dementia diagnosis
Over half the dementia cases in Britain are going undiagnosed, it is believed, so the NHS has introduced a cash reward system for doctors. But will it undermine patients’ trust in their GPs?
Young tennis pair slay Wimbledon giants
Two young players have sent two of tennis’s biggest names, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, crashing out of the tournament. Does youthful exuberance have the edge over experience in sport?
Minister tells young people to work till over 70
George Osborne is raising the pension age faster than planned. If Britons have to work into their seventies, will they choose careers suitable even in old age? And should we work till we drop?
Breakthrough for research into Alzheimer’s cure
Signs of a possible cure for dementia have been warmly welcomed, even though the treatment is unlikely to emerge for decades. Why do degenerative brain diseases frighten us so much?
World’s oldest man dies at 116 years of age
Jiroemon Kimura’s life, which came to an end yesterday, spanned three centuries, four Japanese emperors, 61 prime ministers and two world wars. What was the secret to his long life?
Happiness grows with age, says new study
Many people dread growing old. But a growing body of research suggests that this is a mistake: according to a new study, we tend to enjoy the height of contentment in our twilight years.