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LIFE IN OLD AGE
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Continuing the series about the seven ages of humanity
Tuesdays 9.00-9.30pm 9 to 30 March 2004 Rpt Wed 4.30pm

Connie St Louis returns with Life in Old Age - Radio 4’s series examining the seven stages of human development. She looks at issues which affect us as we reach our sixties and seventies. She also asks what can be done to reduce or alleviate the effects of ageing and how we can learn to live with these bodily changes.

Elderly Lady

Programme 1

In the first of this new series Connie St Louis investigates memory loss. We all forget where we’ve put the car keys, from to time to time, and it gets worse as we get older, but when does normal forgetfulness become a medical problem?

She visits a memory clinic to learn how specialists are helping patients deal with dementia, and finds out that doing the crossword can be of benefit in delaying the onset of Alzheimer’s disease

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Programme 2

In the second programme of the series Connie St Louis discovers what we can do about the chronic conditions that can make our lives a misery.  She finds out that we don’t have to put up with the pains of osteo-arthritis and the inability to hear.

She also talks to a psychologist who runs clinics where people are taught to accept that they need much less sleep after the age of 60.

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Programme 3

Is retirement an exciting opportunity to do all those activities denied by long hard years of work, or a time of fear, isolation, lack of status and no sense of direction?

Connie St Louis examines this land mark event confronted by most people in their 60's and finds that it is surrounded by myths that no longer hold true in the 21st Century.

She talks to scientists and retired people about the importance of social networks, loving or loathing grandchildren, finding new love and whether leaving work can be bad for our health.

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Programme 4

Hip replacements and heart procedures, such as angioplasty and bypass surgery, are keeping the over 60s active.

Cataract operations are giving back clarity of vision and better dentistry is ensuring that more older people have their own teeth.

In the last of the series Connie St Louis reports on how medicine can fix some of the physical problems of old age.

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