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?
We spend years at school preparing our career, learning the values of labour, developing skills and so on. We progressively get closer to what we have been raised to achieve: start our careers, with of course a extremely wide range of opportunities. We work hard to live well and we live (hard?) to work well. Then, then… We retire.
Then, nothing. Nought. Read More
It took me a while to write the second part of this post (first part here). It necessitated a reminder from a friend but also the opportunity to watch the film ‘Gerontophilia’, which I was unable to do until recently. Good directing, good actors, great sensibility of the scenario. I must admit to be very positively surprised by this 2013 movie by Bruce LaBruce.
The film is not only about gerontophilia, it is about gay interracial gerontophilia. Read More
Imagine sitting in the chair of a venture capitalist: you have two candidates, one with an average idea with strong evidence that there is a need for the product and another with a very innovative project but who did not give too much thought into the evidence. It is likely that the candidate with strong evidence will get the funding. What could the innovative project candidate have done to more effectively make their case?
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Today I’d like to share a song by the Canadian songwriter and singer Pierre Lapointe ‘Pointant le nord’ (Facing north) (Album: Pierre Lapointe (2004)). It is a strange and poetic mixture of regrets, death and lost love that I find painfully romantic. Enjoy!
When I think of yesterday Read More
When I introduce myself as a student of gerontology, I sometimes face people replying with ‘oh, like gerontophilia! You like old people?’ While such a comment is as simple as comparing a paediatrician with a pedophile, it nevertheless inspired to me to write about gerontophilia as a sexual desire and behaviour. What does it actually mean (part 1) and is it real or just fantasised about in the media and in popular culture? (part 2)
Gerontophilia refers to a younger person being attracted to an older person. But to put it in a broader spectrum, it is a subcategory of chronophilia – a term created by the sexologist John Money – which refers to the sexual attraction limited to individuals of particular age ranges (Money 1988). Chronophilia gathers sexual attraction for other age ranges from nepiophilia (1-3 years), pedophilia (3-11 years), hebephilia (11-14 years) (Blanchard et al, 2009), ephebophilia (15-19 years) (American Medical Association, 2013), teleiophilia (adults) and finally gerontophilia. Read More