old age

Why 70 may be the new 65

The Office for National Statistics team says although 65 has traditionally been seen as the start of old age, 70 could be seen as the "new 65".

That's because many people who reach this milestone birthday can still expect to live another 15 years.

Remaining life expectancy may be a better marker of old age, they say.

Traditionally, 65 has been taken as the entry point into old age.

For decades it has been the official retirement age for men when they can start drawing their state pension.

How old is too old to climb Everest?

Min Bahadur Sherchan died of a heart attack at base camp on Saturday afternoon, according to the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA).

"He was in good health. He used to walk 15 kilometers every day. But I think his age was quite a factor," Ang Tshering Sherpa, president of the NMA, told CNN. "He was too old to climb Mount Everest but he had a very strong will."

Does having children help you live past 80?

You may feel that your kids are sending you to an early grave, but parents live longer than childless people, especially once they reach 80, found a study in Sweden — and the longevity edge becomes greater as parents get older.

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Can supplements or diet help keep your hair and nails healthy?

Answer: There isn't good evidence that changing your diet or taking supplements helps unless your hair and nail problems are caused by nutritional deficiencies. If the cause is simply getting older, as is more likely, eating particular foods or taking supplements aren't the answer.

The passing years affect your body in many ways. Your hair and nails are no different.

Your nails tend to become ridged or brittle.