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.