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32 years old and socially dead?

Marcus Roberts | 05 September 2013 | FAMILY EDGE |
tags: ageing, intergenerational equity, lifestyle, parenthood
Apparently we turn into our parents at the age of 32.

Amour: does old age have any honour left?

Margaret Somerville | 24 January 2013 | FEATURES |
tags: ageing, euthanasia, film reviews
A harrowing film about a French couple’s struggle with dementia is a powerful but inadequate argument for legalized euthanasia.

“Till death do us part”

Teresa Cooney and Christine Proulx | 29 November 2012 | FEATURES |
tags: ageing, divorce, end-of-life care
As millions of divorced baby boomers age, some are rediscovering the meaning of their marriage vows.

UN: The World is Ageing

Marcus Roberts | 10 October 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |
tags: ageing, Ban Ki-moon, United Nations
The world is ageing according to the UN. And we must "do something".

The Future of Two Economic Powerhouses

Marcus Roberts | 08 July 2011 | FAMILY EDGE |
tags: ageing, China, Germany, one-child policy, retirement age
Worrying signs for the future of Germany and China.

Youth are no Longer the Future

Marcus Roberts | 13 May 2011 | FAMILY EDGE |
tags: ageing, centenarian, New Zealand, US
Statistics in NZ and the US show how these populations are ageing.

There are perks to being middle-aged

Joanna Bogle | 09 May 2011 | FEATURES |
tags: ageing, personal testimony, women
Like sitting quietly in a pub, reading and eating fish-and-chips.

The age of ageing

Vincenzina Santoro | 28 February 2011 | FEATURES |
tags: ageing, demography, elderly
The proportion and sheer numbers of the elderly are unprecedented in the history of humanity.

Wondering what to buy Grandma for Christmas?

Mariette Ulrich | 06 December 2010 | FAMILY EDGE |
tags: ageing, fitness, video games
Why not the action video game Super Street Fighter IV? Just kidding. But Wii Fit might be worth considering.

Serial marriages linked with earlier death

Carolyn Moynihan | 16 August 2010 | FAMILY EDGE |
tags: ageing, divorce, marriage
While increasing numbers of people find it difficult -- or unimportant -- to achieve marriage, there are others who marry more than once. A third marriage, however, may signpost an early grave.

Seventy-seven years married, and still going strong

Carolyn Moynihan | 26 July 2010 | FAMILY EDGE |
tags: ageing, marriage
Britain’s oldest couple, Phyllis and Ralph Tarrant, are both over 100, have been married 77 years and still live happily and independently together in their own flat. How did they do that?

Britain unprepared for looming population crisis

William West | 02 October 2009 | FAMILY EDGE |
tags: ageing, Britain
The latest figures on Britain's ageing population confirm that not enough is being done to prepare for the crisis.

The Economist’s survey of global ageing

Michael Cook | 02 July 2009 | FAMILY EDGE |
tags: ageing, China
If you want a short, sharp introduction to the topic of global ageing, the latest issue of The Economist is just the ticket. It covers the demography and economics of ageing (in the developed world) and concludes that "the consequences will be scary". Finally the message is beginning to sink in.

Glamour girls come down to earth

Michael Cook | 23 June 2009 | FAMILY EDGE |
tags: ageing
Being a flight attendant was the glamour job back in the 60s and 70s. But haven’t you noticed that they’re getting older and older? A study from the Population Reference Bureau shows that this impression is not wrong. In fact, the age profile of American flight attendants has changed dramatically since 1980.

Bleaker House

Michael Cook | 08 April 2009 | FAMILY EDGE |
tags: ageing, United Kingdom, USA

Do I detect a new genre of film and novel emerging about below-replacement fertility? The first that came to my attention was Alfonso Cuarón's bleak film Children of Men. This was set in the UK in 2027, when global fertility has mysteriously dropped to 0.00. P.D. James's novel with the same title, upon which the film is based, is, if anything, bleaker still. Now I see that Booker Prize winner Anita Brookner has published a new novel, Strangers, about a retired bank manager who has no wife, no children and no relatives.

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