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About This Report:

Our population is ageing fast, with a growing proliferation of health problems including disability, dementia and frailty.

It has long been assumed that such problems were directly caused by ageing, and that they could therefore be neither prevented nor treated. But we now know that many of these problems are not inevitable consequences of this normal biological process.

The evidence is clear that ageing by itself is not a cause of major problems until the mid-nineties. The problems that we have ascribed to ageing are due to three other processes: disease (much of it preventable), loss of fitness and negative beliefs and attitudes about growing older.