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Dying days: ailing photographer documents fellow patients

Singapore - Looking frail in a wheelchair and breathing with the aid of an oxygen tank, photographer Alan Lee grasps the camera that he used to take pictures of his fellow patients at a Singapore hospice.

Three on trial for murder, abuse at German care home

Frankfurt Am Main - Three care home workers went on trial Monday in Germany accused of killing two elderly residents and abusing a string of others, with prosecutors saying they acted "out of boredom".

As Germany ages, 'grey vote' has younger generations worried

Berlin - Save for pensioners or invest in young people?

Can artificial intelligence aid human age-reversal?

Combating the human aging process, either for health reasons or reasons more attuned to simply living for longer, has occupied considerable amounts of scientific inquiry. The solution to combating cell aging may lie with artificial intelligence.

Chinese auntie enforcers jailed after reign of grey terror

Shanghai - Members of a Chinese "auntie gang" of debt-collectors have been jailed over a reign of grey terror in which they menaced victims and even stripped naked to get them to cough up, state media said on Tuesday.

'Twilight Villa': Home of Myanmar's abandoned elderly

Yangon - Paralysed on one side by a stroke and barely able to speak, Tin Hlaing was left to die at the side of a road -- by her own children.

Essential Science: Methylene Blue as an anti-aging treatment

Aging is inevitable for living organisms and part of the course of life. With modern medicine life expectancy can be extended and there are various ‘tricks’ to give the appearance of not aging. But is true slowing down of aging possible?

No hurry as India's inspirational centenarian wins gold

Auckland - With a jaunty victory dance, 101-year-old Man Kaur celebrated winning the 100 metres sprint at the World Masters Games in Auckland on Monday, the 17th gold medal in the Indian athlete's remarkable late-blooming career.

Daily tea consumption protects against cognitive decline

Does the regular consumption of tea help to off-set cognitive decline? A new study indicates tea drinking reduces the risk of cognitive impairment in older people by 50 per cent.

Ten tips for handling prescription medications safely

There have been several stories reported on in the past few years about the risks associated with prescription medications, especially around misuse and overuse. A leading medic has provided Digital Journal with some important advice.

Smart stuffed animal toys used to help patients

A new ‘smart’ toy has been devised to give to Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. The toy is designed to ‘smooth’ the patients and the smart functionality adds therapeutic capabilities.

A tattoo in your 80s? Yes, says Judi Dench

Guildford - Things to do as you get older: Dame Judi Dench has got her first tattoo, just in time for her 81st birthday. The tattoo was a present from her daughter Finty Williams.

Canada drafts law to allow assisted suicide

Montreal - Canada seems set to allow people with certain illnesses to end their lives, with support from a registered medic. The draft law contains several excluded categories.

Elizabethkingia infection turns up in another state

The mysterious blood infection caused by Elizabethkingia bacteria — that sickened 54 people in Wisconsin and took the lives of 17 — has moved into Michigan, killing an elderly adult with underlying health problems.

Cuban exodus leaves elderly behind

Havana - They have lived through dictatorship, the Cuban Revolution, the Missile Crisis, the Cold War, the near-starvation of the "special period" and rapprochement with the United States.

Safest place to walk for the elderly is Finland

Helsinki - Walking around in the winter, especially where there is snow and ice, is tricky. Doubly so for the elderly. To help the senior population, a Finnish town is providing support.

Elderly women's mahjong games shut down by police

Altamonte Springs - Someone snitched on four elderly women who were wagering money during daily mahjong games at their retirement community in Florida.

Two's company: Migrants in Sicily befriend elderly Italians

Catania - It's a win-win relationship: asylum seekers battling boredom in Sicily as they wait for their applications to be processed volunteer to keep elderly and lonely Italians company.

Who is committing those crimes? The Japanese elderly

Older people are more settled with a lower predilection to committing crimes, whereas young tearaways will seize the opportunity to rob. Detonate that stereotype. In Japan, older people are now committing more crimes.

French woman accused of poisoning four elderly men

Nice - A French woman was charged and remanded in custody accused of seducing and killing an elderly man and poisoning three others on the French Riviera.

Cuba's revolution generation: Few regrets

Havana - Communist Cuba's revolution has held sway for so long -- 56 years -- that those who remember no other system are nearing retirement age with a mixture of fond memories, and just a few regrets.

Studying ageing using the African killifish

Studying aging the different diseases that come with it is complex. Finding the right species to mimic humans is challenging. One team of scientists are proposing a new model: the African turquoise killifish.

Fund for pensioner mugged outside home raises £215k in three days

A donation fund set up to help a disabled pensioner who was mugged outside his own home has drawn over £160,000 from gracious members of the public wishing to help the victim.

Facebook friend rejection prompts suspect to slap elderly woman

Seminole - A Florida woman is in jail for reportedly slapping an elderly person for rejecting a social media request on the Internet.

Preventing Falls: a new strategy for Canadian healthcare

Toronto - “Preventing Falls: From Evidence to Improvement in Canadian Health Care” is the title of a new initiative, designed to promote health in Canada among the elderly.

Would you want to know if you will get dementia? Special

If you had an incurable neurological disorder, would you want to know? This global study found that three out of four respondents said “yes”, even if there was no cure.

78-year-old Utah woman survives 14 hour quicksand ordeal

Moab - Sharon Brussell was enjoying a relaxing day and leisurely moving down a bike path at a nearby park. This normal circumstance led to her falling in an unexpected pit of quicksand where she was stuck for 14 hours until she was rescued.

Elderly couple slain in northwest Iowa

Akron - Details remain scarce surrounding the grisly death of an elderly couple found inside their Akron, Iowa home Wednesday evening.

Elderly patients in the U.K. 'need their own healthcare budgets'

London - The head of health in England has said that frail elderly, people with disabilities and those with serious mental health problems should be given money from the government and council-run social care services.

Are melatonin supplements useful?

McGill researchers have shown that melatonin supplements may make bones stronger in old rats. This has led to discussion in relation to people, and whether such supplements are effective.
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