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LIFE AFTER 80
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Continuing the series about the seven ages of humanity
Tuesdays 9.00-9.30pm 8 to 29 June 2004 Rpt Wed 4.30pm

Connie St Louis returns with Life After 80 - Radio 4’s series examining health and wellbeing at different stages of life.  In the last part of the series she looks at issues which affect us as we reach our eighties and beyond.

Life After 80
The UK's oldest twins celebrate their 100th birthday and 93 year old Fauja Singh runs in this year's London Marathon

Programme 1

In the first of this new series, Connie St Louis examines the pre-occupations of a new generation who are experiencing the so called fourth age.  Many of them did not expect to live into their 80's and 90's, and old age has come as an unexpected surprise.

Health is of course at the top of the agenda for many living in their 80's, and what may be a minor illness in a younger person can have much more serious consequences in the very elderly. But as Connie St Louis discovers, older people can and do recover from acute illnesses.

No longer is the medical profession writing off this age group as untreatable. Disease, disability and ill health are not the inevitable consequences of old age.

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Programme 2

You don’t have to run marathons in your 80's to stay fit, but some people do.

In the second programme of the series Connie St Louis meets the octogenarian athletes, as well as discovering how modern technology is helping people stay in their homes longer.

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Programme 3

In the third programme of the series Connie St Louis discovers how major diseases which are common in the elderly such as heart failure and cancer are being addressed.

How is it possible to improve quality of life at the end of life?

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Programme 4

In the final programme in the series Connie St Louis discusses the subject of death, both with elderly people facing death and medical professionals concerned with the care of the dying.

Why is death the great unspoken taboo?  And can more be done to help people have a 'good death'?

The programme looks into entering a hospice, the preparation of a will, euthanasia and support for those left behind.

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