February 2nd 2010, 10:29
Most of us assume that if we're lucky enough to exceed our threescore and ten-the Biblical estimate of our lifespan-we do so at the expense of our bodies. We've come to expect that the long path to our demise is accompanied by an inevitable decline in our physical health. And perhaps our most terrifying fear is of growing feeble, forgetful and immobile.
The latest evidence-disclosed by WDDTY publisher Bryan Hubbard in this month's special report-suggests that this perception of old age is largely the result of the interfering hands of modern medicine. The fact is that old people are drowning in unnecessary medication. The over-60s make up just 8 per cent of the population, but they are prescribed more than one-third of all medicines dispensed by doctors. In fact, the average 60-plus person is prescribed at least six drugs, all of which are interacting to unknown effect.