The first of a new series examining key issues in life once we reach 80 and beyond.
Connie St Louis examines the pre-occupations of a new generation - experiencing the so called fourth age, for whom old age has often come as an unexpected surprise.Whilst health is often cited as the main concern in your 9th decade, how is the growing field of geriatric medicine combating the increased risk of disease and disability?
Connie St Louis presents the series examining key issues in life once we reach 80 and beyond.
This edition features octogenarian athletes, still running marathons in old age.
Connie St Louis discovers how major diseases that escalate in the elderly such as heart failure and cancer are being addressed.
How is it possible to improve quality of life at the end of life?
In the last of her series, Connie St Louis explores the most feared and taboo of subjects - death.
She meets people in their eighties who are approaching death, and hears how they are confronting it.
At St Margaret's Hospice in Glasgow she hears from the nurses and doctors about what they do to help the terminally ill have the best possible death, and the support they offer to the bereaved, who themselves may be over eighty.