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ALL IN THE MIND
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Tuesday 21:00-21:30
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Prof Raj Persaud explores the limits and potential of the mind, revealing the latest research and bringing together experts and commentators from the worlds of psychiatry, psychology and mental health.
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Tuesday 26 April 2005

Living Longer Better

The number of people 75 years old and over will increase by over 60% in the next 20 years. We are living longer. But how can we live longer better?

In this special edition of All in the Mind, Raj Persaud visits the Institute for Ageing and Health at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne to find out about their latest research and how will it affect the lives of elderly people today and in the future.

Raj Persaud talks to Professor Jim Edwardson, founder of the Institute, about its history; Gerontologist Professor Thomas Kirkwood explains the demography of ageing and why there is a need for ageing research; Karen Barrass, a research nurse, discusses the initial findings of the 85+ Study and introduces Raj to some of the 85 year olds who took part; John O'Brien, Professor of Old Age Psychiatry; explains his work on the pathology of depression in older people; and finally Raj Persaud visits the Falls and Syncope Unit and meets the unit head, Professor Rose Anne Kenny, and some of the elderly people whose lives have been turned around by treatment which has helped prevent their dizziness, blackout and falls.
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