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Ben Toone Ben Toone 15:18, Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Editor's note: As part of the new BBC season, When I'm 65, Radio 4's You and Yours has been focussing on covering some of the issues around ageing in the UK today. Here, Ben Toone from the show picks out some highlights. PM

BBC Ageing Season: When I'm 65


The season certainly opened my eyes to the issues affecting older people, both good and bad.

We reported on all sorts of aspects of ageing, from exercise to work, education and ideas and advertising and care. We looked at the ideas to make ageing more comfortable as well as the ways to keep active in older age and most importantly the rewards of keeping a positive approach.

The BBC's World Affairs Correspondent John Simpson talked about his fears for the future whilst Birds of a Feather star Lesley Joseph shared her experience of living with a pensioner - Pat- who cares full time for her bed-ridden husband.

Advertising guru Sir John Hegarty talked about how ageing is portrayed in advertising and the media and The Apprentice's Nick Hewer talked about on working after the retirement age. On Call You and Yours, callers Hilary and Ray described the difficulties of finding work later in life and the difficultly of working after reaching 80.

You can explore other aspects of the series via our website - including finding out how Manchester is aiming to become the UK's first and Age Friendly City, exploring a Dutch dementia village and revisiting the University of the Third Age, an idea kicked off by a You and Yours interview 30 years ago.

Ben Toone is a member of the You and Yours production team.


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