The Invisible Age

The Ageing Population. Always a crisis. Always a ticking bomb. Might rethinking that catastrophist view of our increasing lifespan liberate us all?
Programme Details

There are 1.5 million people in the UK aged 85 and over. By 2050 this will be 5 million. So why are our attitudes not keeping pace with our achievements? People between 65 and 100 are treated as a single group, when the difference between a sixty-something and a nonagenarian is as great as that between the average undergraduate and the average grandparent. Intergenerational contact is less common that it once was – and yet, it has never been more necessary, or more possible.

In this three-part series, Matthew Sweet explores a rapidly expanding demographic, who are often unheard in public life. And an accompanying survey tries to find a new term to refer to this “fourth age”.

15th, 22nd and 29th December 2014 at 8pm, BBC Radio 4.

Production Credits

Produced by Catherine Carr & Hermeet Chadha
Presented by Matthew Sweet
Executive Producer Jo Coombs

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