French psychologist Marie de Hennezel looks at western attitudes to ageing and asks if we can transform the way we feel about growing old, making this most feared period one of the best times of our lives.
In conversation with inspiring older people, de Hennezel tests her thesis that terror of old age is caused by a failure to see how we can learn from ageing.
Read by Alexandra Mathie.
Abridged by Alison Joseph
Marie de Hennezel is a respected psychologist and psychotherapist who works with the French government to raise awareness of palliative care. She has written nine books about the end of life, including 'Intimate Death', and is the author of two ministerial reports on caring for those with terminal illnesses.