Episode 5: Caring for the Elderly at the End of Life

19/07/2017 11:56 am

We're living longer these days. Not an earth-shattering piece of news, obviously. Currently, life expectancy levels stand at around 81 for a female born in the UK in 2012 and 79 for a male born at the same time.

An ageing population will, of course, have a significant impact on care services, so for this month's 'Art of Dying Well' podcast, we're looking at how we care for elderly people nearing the end of life.

To help with this, we've brought in our guest reporter Nina Mattiello Azadeh.

Nina visited The Charterhouse - a former Carthusian monastery in the heart of London, founded in 1611, that provides accommodation to a community of elderly residents known as 'Brothers'. She spoke to two Brothers and the chaplain Revd Robin Isherwood.

For 'Death Chatter' we talk about less traditional final resting places and how returning to nature in an unmarked plot has become a real option for many.

We wrap things up with 'The View from the Chaplain's Chair'. Sister Liz Farmer looks at the value of getting out the photo albums to unlock precious memories. She did just this as she nursed her father in his last months.

Duration: 32m 29s

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