Last week, I had the opportunity to present at the Ecuadorian congress of urban studies at the university FLACSO (Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales). It was a beautifully organised congress with a fantastic interdisciplinarity, including lawyers, architects, city planners… and also just a few people researching health and ageing issues (maybe just me actually).
Abstract: With the ageing of populations around the world, political activity of older people is increasingly becoming relevant to political science. However, little is known about the possibility of and rationale for politicisation in later life, especially among those who have never before been politically active. This article uses in-depth qualitative interviews with older participants in a successful protest against the closure of a charity-run day centre to investigate how and when such politicisation might occur. We find that in response to perceived extreme threat, and provided with high levels of support, frail older people with low levels of early politicisation actively participated in a protest that ultimately prevented closure of their day centre. Furthermore, older people are not a weak population, but were able to use their frailty as political tools for shaming decision-makers. The study reveals that despite low political activity throughout life, politicisation can be triggered for the first time in later life. Four key aspects are highlighted: in spite of poor health, which acts as a barrier, perceived threat seems an essential driver to politicisation. Catalysts, whether they are supporters or carers, act as an essential determinant to politicisation in this group. Finally, older people are capable of adapting their claim-making performances, including shaming strategies, to achieve the best outcomes, thus illustrating their potential power.
With recent-ish news of the reinvention of space race with front runner Elon Musk, interest in the world beyond our blue planet has made a come back. The paradigm traveling alongside is no longer tinted with Cold War and atomic annihilation of human life , but rather environmental apocalypse and annihilation of human life. To a certain extent, colonizing another planet is a way to prepare for the collapse of society and in that regard, Elon Musk is the ultimate prepper!
It all started one year ago, when I decided I wanted to purchase a small house in my native village in Western France. With the size of my wallet, I was not after anything big.
I found a little house by the church side. It looked cute and old-fashioned, just as I wanted it. I needed nothing else, so off I went to start negotiating. But – of course there was a but – a right-of-way provided by the neighbour was necessary to access the tiny property. My idea was that maybe I could negotiate the purchase of a tiny plot to manage a property without any right-of-way. And this is where the story starts.
Source: Jonathan Guillemot
My thesis aims to understand why prescribing trends for osteoporosis medication in England and France have started declining since about 2008. Indeed, after a very sharp increase since the late 1990s, the trends in prescription started stagnating and declining in England and France respectively since 2008.
As I review the literature – very slowly I must admit – I come to the conclusion that the epidemiology of the disease – i.e. the number of people actually afflicted by the condition – is very unlikely to bear any responsibility in the trends. Changes in epidemiology of this nature are simply not that fast. Though Western societies are ageing, the demography is similarly not changing that quickly.
I have prepared a number oh hypotheses as to why this is occurring. I will not list them now as this is not the objective of this paper. One of them is that osteoporosis may be declining within the ranking of public agenda priorities.
After watching the following keynote by David Sinclair presenting recent scientific findings around the prevention and possible reversing of ageing, I wondered about something: Are gerontologists against scientific discoveries preventing and delaying biological ageing?