Meet the Generations

Generations Apart

Generations Apart tracks the fortunes of people from two very different generations as they reach crossroads in their lives - the baby boomers born in 1946, and the children of the nineties born at the start of the World Wide Web.

As the baby boomers turn 65 this year and lead their generation into older age, the children of the web are deciding the direction their lives will take. Twenty one is a pivotal age and some of those taking part are finishing University and starting work, settling on careers, relationships and even where they'll live. Others are already working and keen to make the most of the opportunities open to them. For our 65 year olds the choices are very different but decisions on when to retire, where to settle and how to meet the challenges ahead are at the forefront of daily life.

Over the next three years Fi Glover will follow those selected for this series, reporting on their experiences and discussing how far they are shaped by the generation they are born into. Following people with such different outlooks and experiences will allow listeners an insight into how issues ranging from economic downturns to changing family trends actually impact on those taking part.

Meet the 65 Year Olds

  • Alice


    Alice's family life mirrors the changes in her community. The demise of Grimsby's fishing industry has left the town with high levels of unemployment, and drug and alcohol problems. And alcohol problems in her own family has left Alice with the responsibility of raising her young granddaughter Oliviar since she was born.

    Listen to Alice

  • Carol


    Carol's job at the airport came to an end in February, but she has no plans to retire. Work has always been easy to find, but in the current economic climate Carol's hoping her age won't get in her way. And things are changing in her personal life too. Carol's life has been tracked since her birth in 1946, along with thousands of others, as part of the worlds longest survey on human development run by Medical Research Council.

    Listen to Carol

  • Cathy


    Cathy would like to retire from the sheltered housing she runs, but can't afford to. She doesn't qualify for a full state pension because she spent time back in Trinidad, where she was born, when her kids were growing up. And leaving work also means leaving home - she'll have to move out of the flat she gets as part of the job. She's nervous about the future but feels she can't put retirement off forever.

    Listen to Cathy

  • David


    Despite retiring as a journalist for a national newspaper at the age of sixty two, David hasn't had the time to put the notion of retirement into practice. He's been busy freelancing and intends to keep his mind fizzing as long as he can. David's life has been tracked since his birth in 1946, along with thousands of others, as part of the world's longest survey on human development run by Medical Research Council.

    Listen to David

  • David and Sandra

    David and Sandra

    Since retiring at fifty eight, following bouts of cancer, David and Sandra have been enjoying something of a bionic retirement. Starting with some light exercise to keep themselves fit, they soon hit on the idea of training and competing in triathlons. And now they have a more ambitious mission in mind - to represent Great Britain in the Triathlon World Championships in Beijing. But they have to qualify first.

    Listen to David and Sandra

  • Derek


    Derek cares for his wife, Jean, who has Alzheimer's Disease. They've been married for over four decades, but over the last few years Jean hasn't really known who he is. Derek was able to retire two years ago to become Jean's carer, when his battle to get the independent living allowance for her eventually succeeded. Even though caring for his wife gets harder as the disease progresses, Derek struggles with the idea of putting Jean into a home.

    Listen to Derek

  • Tony


    After twelve years working on the railways, Tony is reluctantly planning for his retirement next month. A bulging older workforce at a time of high unemployment means that as soon as he turns sixty five he's out. But with two teenage sons by his second marriage, Tony needs to find part-time work. He's hoping that his age and the economic climate won't stand in his way.

    Listen to Tony

Meet the 21 year olds

  • Ffion


    Ffion has just got her first job out of uni working in a primary school in Cwmbran, where she grew up and where she still lives with her parents. She's enjoying the single life but does sometimes worry if she'll ever have a family.

    Listen to Ffion

  • Kat


    Kat has just finished studying English at Cambridge University, where she wrote and put on plays and penned a sex blog for the student newspaper. She longs to have children at some point but is now busy sorting out what direction she takes next.

    Listen to Kat

  • Kwabena


    Kwabena grew up with foster parents, after a difficult early start in life with his natural mother. He used singing as an escape and it is now his passion above all else.

    Listen to Kwabena

  • Ricky


    Ricky works as an apprentice engineer at a Barnsley bakery, and unlike most of his friends, he's keen to embrace the adult world by saving up to buy a house in Grimethorpe with his girlfriend.

    Listen to Ricky

  • Nickael


    Nickael mentors sixth formers at an Academy in South London and is hoping to be a teacher one day.

    Listen to Nickael

  • Tara and Alex

    Tara and Alex

    Tara lives with her fiance Alex in a village outside Loughborough. She works as a home-help for the council but also enjoys cooking and cleaning for Alex when they're at home.

    Listen to Tara and Alex

  • Ricky


    Ricky has been in and out of trouble with the police, and his parents, over the years and admits to taking cocaine and mephedrone in the past. He's currently living in a hostel near Stafford and is on an apprenticeship scheme.

    Listen to Ricky

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.