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101 Facts About Ageing: Why We Need Facts

Posted on 28 June 2021

Scientists who study ageing generally agree that ageing is not a good thing. Often, we seek to find something positive within things that are less desirable. Therefore, people typically view aging as a natural or even desirable process that provides benefits such as increased wisdom and deeper social connections. Even though many older people may feel that their lives are more fulfilling than when they were young, but the perceived benefits of ageing have nothing to do with the biological ageing process itself. Instead, they are the result of the passage of time – a centenarian is wiser than a 25 year-old because they have lived on this planet for four times as long – not because their heart is failing, their muscles are wasting or their brain is deteriorating.

Some might argue that growing old is necessary to live a meaningful life – that enduring hardship makes your life more meaningful. But with all of the problems facing the world today, of which the ageing population itself is one, doesn’t humanity have enough adversity to deal with as it is?

Whether or not something is ‘good’ or ‘bad’ will always be a matter of opinion. But as Daniel Patrick Moynihan, an American sociologist, politician, and diplomat once said: “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts”. And we wholeheartedly agree. When humans from different walks of life try to communicate ideas, one of the problems we face is that we do not share the same set of basic facts. A shared set of facts is the first step to building a better world with longevity for all.

In that spirit, we present 101 facts about ageing, health, and longevity, and how they are reshaping our world. The coming articles will cover indisputable facts about ageing.


101 Facts About Ageing #1: The World’s Human Population Is Growing Older On Average

101 Facts About Ageing #2: Many Cognitive Functions Decline With Age

101 Facts About Ageing #3: How Humans Die – Then & Now

101 Facts About Ageing #4: The Rise Of Dementia

101 Facts About Ageing #5: Humans Are Living Longer, On Average, Than We Did 100 Years Ago

101 Facts About Ageing #6: Audible Frequencies And Ageing

101 Facts About Ageing #7: Human Lifespans Are Becoming More Similar

101 Facts About Ageing #8: How The Voice Changes With Age

101 Facts About Ageing #9: The World’s Oldest Person

101 Facts About Ageing #10: Maximum Heart Rate Declines With Age, Regardless of Fitness

101 Facts About Ageing #11: The World’s Oldest Dog

101 Facts About Ageing #12: The World’s Oldest Cat

101 Facts About Ageing #13: Blood Pressure Increases With Age

101 Facts About Ageing #14: The Biggest Risk Factor For Cancer Is Age

101 Facts About Ageing #15: Methuselah Organisms

101 Facts About Ageing #16: Human Cells Undergo Ageing

101 Facts About Ageing #17: Immortalised Human Cell Lines

101 Facts About Ageing #18: The Oldest Organism On Earth

101 Facts About Ageing #19: Reversal Of Ageing Occurs Naturally In Human Cells

101 Facts About Ageing #20: Death In The 1600s

101 Facts About Ageing #21: The Heart’s Natural Pacemaker Slows With Age

101 Facts About Ageing #22: The Ageing Sense of Smell

101 Facts About Ageing #23: Telomere Shortening And The Hayflick Limit

101 Facts About Ageing #24: Life Expectancy Around The World

101 Facts About Ageing #25: Single Gene Mutations And Lifespan Extension

101 Facts About Ageing #26: DNA Accumulates Damage With Age

101 Facts About Ageing #27: Self-Perceptions Of Ageing

101 Facts About Ageing #28: How Age Affects The Lungs

101 Facts About Ageing #29: Inflammation Increases With Age

101 Facts About Ageing #30: Skin Ageing

101 Facts About Ageing #31: Reaction Speed Slows With Age

101 Facts About Ageing #32: How, When and Where Mutations Occur Throughout Life

101 Facts About Ageing #33: Bones Become Weaker With Age

101 Facts About Ageing #34: Probability Of Death According To Age

101 Facts About Ageing #35: Ovarian Ageing

101 Facts About Ageing #36: Prevalence Of Depression In Different Age Groups

101 Facts About Ageing #37: The Ageing Sense Of Taste

101 Facts About Ageing #38: Living Longer With Fewer Children


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