Letter from the Editors
Consequences of aging and increasing life expectancy
Thailand established a National Elderly Council in 1982, foreseeing the future change in
the nation’s demographic structure. Nowadays about 10% of the population is over 65
years old, and the country will be one of the first ‘developing countries’ ‘getting old
before getting rich’. Comparing the situation in Thailand as a middle income country
with what is observed in Germany, a high income country, the situation in Thailand
seems to be not that alarming.
Developments in Public Health
Geroscience – a topic of interest for Public Health?
Geroscience claims to work for ‘healthy aging’. The aim by itself will be an important
issue for public health. What are the beneficial aspects of geroscience in terms of public
health and are there aspects to worry about?
Don’t miss positive results
A thesis and a research paper should start with a working hypothesis. This means we
should say what outcome of the study is expected. Once a result is achieved it has to be
tested against the working hypothesis, and this might turn out to be not what was
Interesting stories behind statistics and mathematics
What has ‘Student t-test’ to do with beer and why is the ‘Scottish Book’ an amazing story
about Polish mathematicians?
Is mandatory retirement ‘age discrimination? How old is the old brain?
The Government of Thailand claims that many senior citizens can still work actively and
contribute greatly to society, so shouldn’t be there a movement against mandatory
retirement? The elderly brain is not as incompetent as people believe.
Exercising, but not losing weight
Exercising ‘like hell’ might turn you into an ‘endorphine junkie’, but you won’t burn as
many calories as you think. New research results about exercise and weight loss are
embedded into a historical context over the past 2500 years.