When the world gets closer.

We help you see farther.

Sign up to our expressly international daily newsletter.

blog

Argentina's president hands off power ahead of cancer surgery

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is handing over power to Vice President Amado Boudou until January 24, as she undergoes thyroid cancer surgery.

(BBC NEWS) Buenos Aires - Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is set to undergo surgery for thyroid cancer, with doctors saying she has a good chance of recovery.

Supporters have gathered outside the hospital where she is being treated, carrying signs wishing her well.

After the operation she will rest until 24 January, with Vice President Amado Boudou in charge during her absence.

Ms Fernandez, 58, recently began her second term as president after a landslide election victory.

President Fernandez is being treated at the Austral University Hospital in Pilar, some 60km (40 miles) from the Argentine capital.

READ MORE

You've reached your limit of free articles.

To read the full story, start your free trial today.

Get unlimited access. Cancel anytime.

Exclusive coverage from the world's top sources, in English for the first time.

Insights from the widest range of perspectives, languages and countries.

Society

Aging Cities Of The Future — How Urban Planning Can Factor In For Dementia

As the population ages, the likelihood of diseases such as dementia increases. That means we need to rethink how we design and build cities for the future. A look up close from Lisbon.

Photo of an elderly man walking near tramway tracks in Lisbon, Portugal

Following tram tracks in Lisbon, Portugal

Ana da Cunha

LISBON — For Maria Manuela Maia, there are routes in Lisbon that are hard to forget, like the one that connects her home to the parish. But there are others where memory fails her. “Manuela is more or less autonomous,” says Orlando, her husband. “But the problem is when you change streets. Then she no longer knows where our house is.”

That's when she gets lost. And when she meets other elderly, homeless or lonely people, she talks to them. "Need something? You can come to my house and I'll help,” she says, trying to help them. Her husband, Orlando, calms her down: “That gentleman doesn't need anything, don't worry, let's go. Let's walk,” he says, guiding her through the streets.

Maria Manuela and Orlando met more than 50 years ago when Orlando was serving with the troops in Angola. “I corresponded with 22 girls,” he says. Of these 22, I would only choose one: Maria Manuela.

After so many years, the battlefield is now a different one: Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia, which leads to a progressive deterioration of cognitive functions. One of them is memory.

Keep reading...Show less

You've reached your limit of free articles.

To read the full story, start your free trial today.

Get unlimited access. Cancel anytime.

Exclusive coverage from the world's top sources, in English for the first time.

Insights from the widest range of perspectives, languages and countries.

The latest