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Idea/Old Age & Death

How can life-extending treatments be available for all?

Christopher Wareham

Video/Life Stages

Ageing to the beat of their own drums – from one to 100 years old

3 minutes

Video/Demography & Migration

The interned and the undocumented: the immigration spectrum in the US today

7 minutes

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Video/Death

Pressing the ashes of the dead onto records: odd novelty or tender remembrance?

10 minutes

Video/Family Life

What family means to the world’s longest-married couple after 88 years together

7 minutes

Idea/Old Age & Death

How ‘Dr Death’ single-handedly fought for the right to die

Michael DeCesare

Video/Medical Research

At the Cryonics Institute, hope for the future is high, and death is put on ice

12 minutes

Video/Old Age & Death

Of humming birds and burgers: how old cans pay for a simple 90th-birthday treat

16 minutes

Essay/Old Age & Death

Ask the aged

Who better to answer questions about the purpose of life than someone who has been living theirs for a long time?

Karl Pillemer

Idea/Genetics

We’re closer to Alpha Centauri than to cryopreserving humans

Brian Hanley

Essay/Illness & Disease

The neurofix

Stem cell therapies for the scourges of old age are on the near horizon. Will they come in time for the Baby Boomers?

Linda Marsa

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Video/Meaning & the Good Life

Can negativism sweeten life’s small joys in the face of illness and death?

5 minutes

Video/Meaning & the Good Life

How long does it take to recover from a tragedy?

3 minutes

Essay/Bioethics

Dead enough

To honour donors, we should harvest organs that have the best chance of helping others – before, not after, death

Walter Glannon

Video/Death

A moving argument for one woman’s right to choose when and how she dies

3 minutes

Essay/Illness & Disease

A good forgetting

Personal identity is tied to memory, but sometimes we find peace, clarity and a true sense of completeness in the lapses

Marianne Janack

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Video/Meaning & the Good Life

An ageing fisherman embarks on a journey to carry out his friend’s dying wish

23 minutes

Essay/Illness & Disease

The disremembered

Dementia undermines all of our philosophical assumptions about the coherence of the self. But that might be a good thing

Charles Leadbeater

Video/Love & Friendship

Two bickering elderly sisters reveal tantalising glimpses of vivid lives

13 minutes

Video/Meaning & the Good Life

A 70-year-old Danish mariner and yogi shares his plans for dying well

7 minutes

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Video/Death

In 2009, a man arrived in an Irish town with a plan to disappear forever

19 minutes

Essay/Death

Final independence

Nobody wants a protracted, dehumanised death: why is it still so easy for doctors to ignore a dying patient's wishes?

Jeanne Erdmann

Video/Meaning & the Good Life

‘If you can do puberty, you can do old age’: a 90-year-old athlete’s perspective

8 minutes

Essay/Death

The good death

It’s a modern dream that we can plan a good and peaceful death but what can we really do to meet the end of all we are?

Mary Talbot

Essay/Ethics

Full disclosure

Do individuals have a right for their medical records to remain private after death, or can public interest prevail?

Jack El-Hai

Essay/Biotechnology

Young blood

From teen-targeting vampires to Lady Báthory’s bloodbaths, we love stories of stolen youth. What if it were possible?

Jess Zimmerman

Video/Old Age & Death

Dolls replace former residents in a remote, depopulating Japanese village

6 minutes

Video/Life Stages

Imperceptible and unstoppable: the ageing process comes to life

5 minutes

Video/Mind & Body

Sage advice from Leisure World, California’s geriatric synchronised swimmers

10 minutes

Video/Death

Philip Gould wrestles with the meaning, and ecstasy, of impending death

9 minutes