Last week in Nature there was a summary of articles on ageing. Interestingly, they concerned not just the biology of ageing, but also the social-economic aspects.
It is known that with increased life-span and decreased natality, the burden of an ageing population is increasing – with governments worldwide trying to find ways to ease the pressure. While I believe that a big aspect of taking care of the elderly concerns keeping their independence, which can be promoted by targeted and well-thought Digital Health interventions, one cannot disregard the molecular biology of ageing. In one of the pieces from Nature, inflammation, stress and isolation, as side effects of the COVID-pandemic, are highlighted as mechanisms capable of contributing to accelerated ageing.
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