Generation Gap

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01Dentists

01Dentists20100802

Two people from different generations who work in the health industry or have experience of the health industry discuss how technology has changed over their lifetimes.

The series takes a look at a broad spectrum of the health professions from surgeons to nurses, dentists to birthing specialists, and looks at how technology has changed during the course of their working lives.

How does the new technology affect our society? What social changes does our approach to technology reveal?

The series begins with two dentists.

Alistair McClean, now retired, worked in Perth as a dentist for 40 years, qualifying in 1964.

Elaine Halley also works in Perth but qualified in 1992.

They compare notes on the vast change in dental techniques and social changes such as the NHS, fluoride in water and views on cosmetic dentistry.

Producer: Laura Parfitt

A Juniper production for BBC Radio 4.

Two dentists compare notes on the changes in techniques they have witnessed.

02Birth

02Birth20100803

Two people from different generations who work in the health industry or have experience of the health industry discuss how technology has changed over their lifetimes.

St Mary's Hospital has a cutting edge birthing centre for new mothers.

Daughter and mother Sarah and Jean compare notes on their experiences of how technology helped their birth experience, and how our attitudes have shifted towards a more natural approach.

Producer: Laura Parfitt

A Juniper production for BBC Radio 4.

A daughter and mother compare notes on how technology helped their birth experience.

03Community Nurses

03Community Nurses20100804

Two people from different generations who work in the health industry or have experience of the health industry discuss how technology has changed over their lifetimes.

Sharon Dempsey nurses in the community, as did Merle Parke.

They compare notes on how technology in their jobs affects the relationship with the patient.

From computerising records and using high tech equipment to having machinery that can help patients monitor their own symptoms and help nurses make remote diagnoses.

Producer: Laura Parfitt

A Juniper production for BBC Radio 4.

Two community nurses discuss how technology affects their relationships with patients.

04Mental Health

04Mental Health20100805

Two people from different generations who work in the health industry or have experience of the health industry discuss how technology has changed over their lifetimes.

Una Parker had ECT treatment for severe depression in the 1970s.

She talks to Andrew Smith who is in his twenties and is being treated for depression by drug therapy.

However, ECT is still used today, though there is much greater knowledge around it.

How has technology changed our approach to the treatment of mental health?

Producer: Laura Parfitt

A Juniper production for BBC Radio 4.

A young man receiving therapy for depression talks to a woman who was treated in the 70s.

05Heart Surgeons20100806

Two people from different generations who work in the health industry or have experience of the health industry discuss how technology has changed over their lifetimes.

Mr Terence Lewis is one of the country's pioneering heart surgeons.

He recently retired but he returns to the building named after him at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth to meet heart surgeon Clinton Loyd, who is conducting cutting-edge surgery using minimally invasive techniques.

Technology has moved on quickly in the last 50 years, but technology has also got to be measured against cost.

Producer: Laura Parfitt

A Juniper production for BBC Radio 4.

Two pioneering heart surgeons meet to discuss the latest cutting-edge techniques.

06Pocket Money

06Pocket Money20100809

Two people from different generations discuss society's changing attitudes to money.

The series takes a look at how our relationship with money has changed in the last 50 years.

It covers the lifespan from our earliest encounters with pocket money, to our views on money as we face retirement.

With ever more complicated ways of managing money and shifting attitudes, what changes have been seen in our society over the last 50 years?

Jean is 83 and was given half a penny a week pocket money which she spent on sweets to share with friends less fortunate.

It's a contrast to her young great granddaughter Simone who gets £6 a week.

Simone and her friends go shopping regularly and get extra handouts on top of their pocket money in sharp contrast to Jean who had to save hard.

Producer: Laura Parfitt

A Juniper Production for BBC Radio 4.

83-year-old Jean discusses pocket money with her young great-granddaughter Simone.

07Student Budget

07Student Budget20100810

Two people from different generations discuss society's changing attitudes to money.

The series takes a look at how our relationship with money has changed in the last 50 years.

The series covers the lifespan from our earliest encounters with pocket money, to our views on money as we face retirement.

With ever more complicated ways of managing money and shifting attitudes, what changes have been seen in our society over the last 50 years?

Andrew McCormack was the first pupil at his school to get into Oxford.

He is finding student life a strain financially and is often mixing with students who have more money than he has.

He compares notes with his father Peter McCormack who was at Strathclyde University in the 1970s.

Producer: Laura Parfitt

A Juniper Production for BBC Radio 4.

A father and son discuss their contrasting experiences of budgeting as a student.

08Debt20100811

Two people from different generations discuss society's changing attitudes to money.

The series takes a look at how our relationship with money has changed in the last 50 years.

The series covers the lifespan from our earliest encounters with pocket money, to our views on money as we face retirement.

With ever more complicated ways of managing money and shifting attitudes, what changes have been seen in our society over the last 50 years?

Joy and her grandson Phillip discuss their attitudes to debt, in particular mortgages.

Joy has never bought anything on credit in her life and the only debt she had was a very small mortgage.

Phillip, on the other hand, is happy to have a large mortgage and take gambles with money.

Producer: Laura Parfitt

A Juniper Production for BBC Radio 4.

09Benefits
09Benefits20100812

Two people from different generations discuss society's changing attitudes to money.

The series takes a look at how our relationship with money has changed in the last 50 years.

The series covers the lifespan from our earliest encounters with pocket money, to our views on money as we face retirement.

With ever more complicated ways of managing money and shifting attitudes, what changes have been seen in our society over the last 50 years?

Two single fathers from different generations discuss their family's experience of the benefit system.

Stuart currently looks after his 14-year old son who has special needs and gets all kinds of benefit including disability allowance.

His friend Kevin - now a grandfather - has had two children in different marriages and a range of experiences as a single parent.

Producer: Laura Parfitt

A Juniper Production for BBC Radio 4.

Two people from different generations discuss their experiences of the benefit system.

10Retirement

10 LASTRetirement20100813

Two people from different generations discuss society's changing attitudes to money.

The series takes a look at how our relationship with money has changed in the last 50 years.

The series covers the lifespan from our earliest encounters with pocket money, to our views on money as we face retirement.

With ever more complicated ways of managing money and shifting attitudes, what changes have been seen in our society over the last 50 years?

John Luff is in his 50s and has just taken early retirement from BT and is now running a consultancy business.

He is able to retire fully, and his plans for retirement revolve around travel and leisure.

His mother Rose is in her late 80s and has relied on her husband's pension from the post office which has been tough.

A new retirement village concept has enabled her to part-buy a flat and live in a community which offers 5 star facilities including shops, hairdressers, restaurant, and a gym.

They compare their experiences.

Producer: Laura Parfitt

A Juniper Production for BBC Radio 4.

Mother and son Rose and John Luff compare their contrasting experiences of retirement.