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