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Attitudes to ageing

What can nuns teach us about ageing well?

Catholic nuns have a very different way of life from most of us, one that is almost unimaginable to those of us in the Western secular world as we rush about meeting deadlines, juggling responsibilities and striving to meet our own needs and those of others around us. Many years ago now, I was educated […]

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Learning

The key to ageing better: exercise your brain

There’s a longstanding link between ageing and cognitive decline, one that has become so accepted that it’s slipped into our everyday language. Once we’re past middle age, having ‘a senior moment’ is just par for the course, isn’t it? Psychologists beg to differ. Research published in Nature: Human Behaviour in February 2022, shows that age-related […]

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Opinion

Ageing: we’re all in it together

It was a long time before I even gave ageing a thought. Why would I? I had so much going on in the here and now, that I didn’t have time to dwell too much on the future. In my forties though, I started to think about the physical effects of ageing – better later […]

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Attitudes to ageing

Is ageing all in the mind?

Is ageing a choice? A question of mind over matter? Can we think ourselves into a younger mindset? Clint Eastwood is now 91 and still working. When asked about his work ethic a few years back by singer-songwriter Toby Keith he said “I just get up every morning and go out. And I don’t let […]

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Learning

Learning may help our brains age better

The benefits of learning are numerous: acquiring new skills, growing our confidence, and opening up new opportunities in our working or personal lives. A new piece of research suggests that academic learning may even help to reduce the degenerative effects of ageing. A team of researchers under the University Research Priority Program “Dynamics of Healthy Aging” led […]

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Career

Will we ever retire?

New career paths are challenging retirement The ageing population is increasing rapidly. According to the United Nations, by 2050 one in four people living in Europe and Northern America could be aged 65 or over. There is considerable, and growing, concern about how society will adapt to cater for this growth, and we have already […]