Jeremy Paxman on a mobility scooter
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Paxman test drives a mobility scooter

4 July 2012 Last updated at 16:41 BST

Investigating the issues facing older people in Britain, Jeremy Paxman travels to Christchurch in Dorset which has one of the oldest average populations in the Europe.

Visiting a former surf shop he tries out a mobility scooter to find out how easy they are to use.

Watch Newsnight's full report old age on Wednesday 4 July 2012 at 22:30 BST on BBC Two, then afterwards on the BBC iPlayer and Newsnight website.