3 Feb 2015

The pleasures and perils of ageing

From Nine To Noon, 10:05 am on 3 February 2015

Lynne Segal

Why is it so hard for people of a certain age, particularly women, to say how old they are?

University of London Psychology Professor Lynn Segal’s new book Out of Time: The Pleasures and Perils of Ageing, explores what it is like to grow old.

Why do older people sometimes feel invisible?
Why do we feel younger than the stranger staring back at us in the mirror?
Must the old always be in conflict with the young?

Professor Segal looks back on her own life and argues that it is possible to accept physical changes and growing fragility, the sorrows and losses of life, building on the experiences of the past, to live fully in the present. She joins Kathryn Ryan.