The Age Old Dilemma

Dr Michael O'donnell presents a series on old age.

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Dr Michael O'Donnell presents a series on old age.

1/3. He asks why our images of the elderly are so misinformed and whether this affects how old people are treated.

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Dr Michael O'Donnell presents a series on old age.

2/3. Over the next 30 years, the number of people aged 85 and over is set to double. Yet most of us look forward to this with some fear, concerned with the prospect of spending our last decade in a nursing home as our physical and mental faculties decline. Michael asks what can be done to ensure a ripe old age rather than a miserable one.

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Dr Michael O'Donnell presents a series on old age.

3/3. Most old people die in a hospital or nursing home. Michael asks why, despite medical advances in palliative care, many still face the end without the pain control and other medication they need.

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He asks why our images of the elderly are so misinformed and whether this affects how old people are treated.

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Over the next 30 years the number of people aged 85 and over is set to double.

Yet most of us look forward to this with some fear, concerned with the prospect of spending our last decade in a nursing home as our physical and mental faculties decline.

Michael asks what can be done to ensure a ripe old age rather than a miserable one.

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Most old people die in a hospital or nursing home. Michael asks why, despite medical advances in palliative care, many still face the end without the pain control and other medication they need.