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Caring for the elderly in an ageing society

The increasing number of people living longer and longer lives has sparked worldwide debate over how to ensure that senior citizens “age with dignity”.

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Politics of ageing

Health and ageing

Memory disorders Dementia cases on the rise

There are far more people with dementia in Switzerland than previously thought – and the number is expected to double over the next 25 years.

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Keeping mobile Growing old gracefully teaser

Active Swiss retirees can be found doing anything from scaling mountains to babysitting. Pro Senectute, a Swiss association for the elderly, says the important thing is for “everyone to get older at their own speed and in their own way”.

The European Union has declared 2012 the “European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity Between Generations” to raise awareness of the political potential of the elderly and their role in society (Photos: Keystone, Ex-press)