Growing Old

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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.

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28 minutes

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Sun 24 Feb 2013 04:32 GMT

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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