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Growing Old

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 23 February 2013

Many parts of the world are growing old at an unprecedented rate. Increasing longevity is good news of course, but with it come serious problems that will change how we lead our lives. As Peter Day reports, living longer has implications for the economy, for healthcare, and our social lives. How will we fund decades-long retirement? How can we look after the multiplying healthcare needs of the increasing elderly population? And how do we stop the old from being lonely and isolated? As Peter Day reports, growing old will challenge the assumptions by which we have lived life and run our world since the Industrial Revolution.

  • Contributors to this programme

    Professor Thomas Kirkwood
    Associate Dean for Ageing, Institute for Ageing and Health, Newcastle University

    Professor Mark Blythe
    Professor of Interdisciplinary Design, Northumbria University

    George Magnus,
    Senior Economic Advisor, UBS and author The Age of Aging

    Christopher Daykin
    Trustee Director, Now Pensions

    Erik Sande
    General Manager, Philips Home Monitoring

    David McCullough
    Chief Executive, WRVS



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