32 years old and socially dead?
| 05 September 2013 | FAMILY EDGE |
Apparently we turn into our parents at the age of 32.
Amour: does old age have any honour left?
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”
As millions of divorced baby boomers age, some are rediscovering the meaning of their marriage vows.
UN: The World is Ageing
| 10 October 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |
The world is ageing according to the UN. And we must "do something".
The Future of Two Economic Powerhouses
| 08 July 2011 | FAMILY EDGE |
Worrying signs for the future of Germany and China.
Youth are no Longer the Future
| 13 May 2011 | FAMILY EDGE |
Statistics in NZ and the US show how these populations are ageing.
There are perks to being middle-aged
| 09 May 2011 | FEATURES |
Like sitting quietly in a pub, reading and eating fish-and-chips.
The age of ageing
The proportion and sheer numbers of the elderly are unprecedented in the history of humanity.
Wondering what to buy Grandma for Christmas?
| 06 December 2010 | FAMILY EDGE |
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
| 16 August 2010 | FAMILY EDGE |
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
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
| 02 October 2009 | FAMILY EDGE |
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
| 02 July 2009 | FAMILY EDGE |
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
| 23 June 2009 | FAMILY EDGE |
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.
| 08 April 2009 | FAMILY EDGE |
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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