Imagine buying your dream house in the city. Over time, it transforms from a house to a home, one where you build a lifetime's worth of memories. It's close to the shops, to the subway station, to the community centre, and the neighbours become more like family than friends.
What do you want to be when you're older? A common question asked of children. But why are we not asking people over 50 the same question?
This generation of women are active, confident and have the ability to spend money on products and experiences that enhance their lives. Surely they cannot remain invisible to brands for much longer.
In fact, health technology is already stepping up to the mark in many areas, by improving our ability to monitor, measure and record symptoms, medication compliance and patient outcomes. Combined with the power of advanced analytics and patient-friendly interfaces, these technologies promise major benefits.
NHS general practice turns 68 today, which is a cause for celebration and a time to reflect on its place in the family of national institutions. But it feels like the mood of Government has turned from looking at general practice as a wise and valued guide through life, to seeing it as a burdensome hanger-on from a past age.
Two news stories this week demonstrated the growing crisis in care for older people.First there were reports that the cost of a care home place is outstripping older people's incomes. Then councils said that they are hopelessly underfunded to deliver the government's reforms of paying for care.
Making life better for older people would benefit people of all ages for generations to come. Will the government rise to the challenge of our ageing population and appoint a Minister for Older People?
"I didn't know that there were more over 65-year-olds than under five-year-olds... But to hear that the fastest cohort of these over-65s is in the developing countries is very telling". These words came from the Kenyan co-chair of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that I attended this week to discuss the post-2015 development framework.
Thousands of elderly patients are needlessly dying because they are being denied treatment on the grounds of their age, a
Talking about donating one's brain to science doesn't always crop up at dinner parties. But the fact is, along with the heirlooms worth more in sentiment than cash, the ill-fitting coats and outdated catchphrases, I want to leave behind something else. Namely, the fleshy organ inside my head.