We need a new and positive narrative that defies the negativity and transforms our ageing populations from a problem into an asset.
When the Australian Government looked at how to meet the challenges, and the opportunities, presented by our ageing population, it saw that an all-encompassing approach was a prerequisite.
Ageing means a loss of a number of skills over time.
We know that so many of the conditions and diseases that we associate with ageing can often be prevented or in fact their onset delayed if we just took preventative steps earlier in our lives.
I just don't like the idea of having an operation to hold up the ageing process.
When I look in the mirror, I see the ageing process at full pelt, the hairline in retreat, the bags under the eyes growing and darkening, that kind of thing. I suppose it would be easier if I weren't an actor, but I am fairly philosophical about it.
Ageing doesn't mean giving up on style and individuality; it doesn't mean abandoning fashion and living in comfy slippers and flannel knickers.
I think there are two aspects to ageing: there's the physical side and what's happening inside.
Fighting the ageing process just doesn't work. I think that actresses, ultimately, are responsible for the faces we give to women.
I would like to do my own daily talk show. Wisdom is the gift of ageing; no young person can have or buy it. My success was and is self-evident. I'm alive. I've lived. I've thrived and have grown as a person. I'm now healthier than ever. Who can argue with that?
Most people look at ageing as a disease. They do. They have prescriptions and places where you go to eradicate it.
If I had had plastic surgery, I would have asked for something better than the face you are seeing! I actually really hate plastic surgery when it's just for aesthetics and anti-ageing. I think ageing is beautiful and expressive and characterful.
I think ageing demographics is a bigger issue in China than people think. And the problems it creates should be become evident as early as 2016.
Oh, I had, 'No one will ever fancy me!' I had that well into my teens. Even now I do not consider myself to be some kind of great, sexy beauty. I don't mind the way I'm ageing. No reason to panic just yet. I think I look my age, and that's fine.
Ageing is something that both men and women are utterly terrified about.
I think ageing suits me because I was born old, like Spencer Tracy or Dolly the Sheep.
As far as I'm concerned, ageing is humanity's worst problem, by some serious distance.
I see a wiser person than when I was younger: having babies, and passing 30, were the turning points. What women in their 40s - I am 39 - lack in gorgeousness, they make up for in wisdom. I love ageing, despite the drawbacks - thinner, drier skin.
After 40, you want to reverse the ageing process. That's complicated for me because I spent so many years wanting to be older.
Issues relating to global health and sustainability must stay high on the agenda if we are to cope with an ageing and ever-increasing population, with growing pressure on resources, and with rising global temperatures. The risks and dangers need to be assessed and then confronted.