50 Years

Grey Planet

Populations are getting older.  We see media stories warning of a grey tsunami or of an ageing time bomb. In her inaugural TEDxLeedsBeckettUniversity talk, Professor Jayne Raisborough takes issue with how older people are represented as a threat and a burden. 
Published on 03 Mar 2020

She asks whether it’s time to regard these unprecedented demographic changes as an opportunity to tackle social inequalities, which make themselves felt as we grow old. Jayne argues that while our world is changing and greying, the future can still be bright no matter what our age. 

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