The Concept Behind The Documentary
Professor Rose Anne Kenny is academic leader of The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) AND Professor of Geriatric Medicine and Consultant Geriatrician at St James’s Hospital and has been investigating the social, biological and scientific changes that influence why Irish people are living longer than ever before and how Ireland is leading the way in the development of age prevention technologies. The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), which commenced in October 2009, has to date gathered information from over 6000 respondents of 50 years and older regarding their experience of ageing. In the documentary The End of Ageing, Professor Kenny draws on the information gathered through the TILDA study to take an in-depth look into one of the most important issues facing modern Ireland
Professor Rose Anne Kenny, Presenter :
“Having a significant number of older people will have a huge impact on the way society works and it will force us to address some fundamental questions. Radical changes will be necessary. But if we plan and manage this correctly our later years could be our best years. Some unexpected systems for longer healthy life will be explored including friendship, laughter and sex! In Ireland, the medical, scientific and technology sectors are already working to turn the country into a global innovation hub of excellence in health technologies and ageing. Thus converting burden into bounty. If we focus on developing medical expertise, gene therapies, new technologies and other essential products and services, Ireland can become a leading player in what is set to become the great gold rush of the twenty first century”.
Stephen Rooke, Producer :
“When my 73 year old mother sent me a text to say she was getting married to her 90 year old boyfriend – it got me thinking! Why should I be shocked by the fact that a healthy, vivacious, adventurous and practical woman (my mother) would want to marry having found love and companionship again in her later years? Both she and her new husband are very excited to be embarking on a new life together as man and wife. It made me question my own beliefs about the older generation and their role in society and whether we should be rethink what it means to be old. Pauric Dempsey from the Royal Irish Academy introduced me to the brilliant Professor Rose Anne Kenny……and now 2 years later with the support of Mairead Ní Nuadhain from RTE (who championed the idea from the start) – we have produced – what we believe is an enlightening documentary on how and why Irish people are living longer than ever before,