The ageing of the world’s population is one of the most important issues facing humanity in the 21st century. The number of people over 65 worldwide is now greater than the number of 0-4 year olds, and will this keep in the rise?
But why do we age, and how? in Borrowed Time, Sue Armstrong tells the story of science’s quest to understand ageing, and to find ways of intervening to prevent or delay the crippling conditions so often associated with old age. She focuses inward to look for answers on why our skin wrinkles with age and our wounds take much longer to heal; why we fall further and further to the back of the group in cycle rides and hikes; and why words escape us at crucial moments in conversation.
This book explores these questions and many others through interviews with key scientists in the field of gerontology, and with people who have interesting and important stories to tell about their personal experiences of ageing.