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Age and the City: a radio series for RTÉ Radio 1

Ireland 05/05/2012-24/05/2012


Age and the City is a four-part radio series which was broadcast in May on Ireland’s national public service broadcaster, RTÉ Radio 1, in the framework on the European Year 2012. It brought the subject of ageing in the city to life through a mix of personal stories told by older people, with analysis and discussion of some of the issues facing Europe's ageing society.

Transport and mobility, housing arrangements, health and creativity were among the issues discussed. Listeners heard for example about the personal experiences of men and women in Dublin, Belfast and Cork concerning the challenges they face as they grow older in an urban environment, and the advantages and disadvantages of city living. Focus was also given to the nationwide Bealtaine Festival celebrating the value of creativity in older age.

The series also highlighted the theme of accessibility in cities, how cities are preparing to meet the needs of older citizens, and explained the WHO Age-Friendly Cities initiative, whose recommendations are already being put in place by several local authorities. A sheltered housing project in Cork, and a specially designed apartment in Dundalk provided two examples of good practice. Listeners also heard about how innovative technology can support independent living in the future.

The final programme featured discussions on keeping fit and active, feeling secure in the city, combating loneliness among older people as well as the importance of community and contact for health and well being in older age.

The series was not only aimed at older listeners, but also at a younger audience, to help them appreciate and understand the needs of older people and what they have to offer.

Age and the City was produced and presented by Doireann Ní Bhriain, with additional reporting by Nuala Hayes. It was made by for RTÉ by Fuaim Productions, with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

Age and the City achieved the third place at the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations Award in the category of Journalism / Audiovisual.

Tionscnóir: RTÉ (Raidio Telefís Éireann)

RTÉ is the public service broadcaster of the Republic of Ireland. The radio service began in January 1926, while regular television broadcasts began on December 1961, making it one of the oldest continuously operating public service broadcasters in the world.

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