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A Good Age

An Introduction to A Good Age

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A Good Age is a six-part television series, directed by Sé Merry Doyle, tackling head-on the myths and misconceptions that result in ageism. A forthright approach was taken throughout as the joys and realities of getting older are examined. (153)

Ageism – A Good Age: Episode 1

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Ageism is the first in a six-part television series that tackles the everyday myths and misconceptions that result in ageism. This episode explores ‘the propaganda of old age’ – mainly the senior citizen concerns of aging and illness, sexuality, and self-worth. This episode opens with an appearance by Olwen Fouéré and features contributions by Dr. […]

The Long Weekend – A Good Age: Episode 2

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The Long Weekend explores the emotions faced by people approaching retirement, and couples who find themselves spending more time together than they may wish. Seamus expresses frustration regarding the injustice of mandatory retirement and the definition of ‘old age pensioner’ while Patricia talks about the new book of children’s stories she is completing in her […]

Looking After Yourself – A Good Age: Episode 3

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Looking After Yourself explores how ageism can create low self-esteem in senior citizens and can compromise the capacity for a full and healthy life. This episode features a range of housing schemes, retirement homes, medical and recreational facilities. Colourful characters with contrasting attitudes and approaches to growing old are also introduced. Residents of Claremont Court, […]

Relationships – A Good Age: Episode 4

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Relationships, episode four in A Good Age, deals with senior citizens who find themselves alone or isolated after the death of a partner. Therapists and counsellors offer bereavement advice, and stress the need for the bereaved to talk and learn to participate in normal life again. Eddie Johnston shares his harrowing yet uplifting story of […]

Renewal – A Good Age: Episode 5

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Renewal pays homage to people who have overcome ageism, confounded stereotypes and pursued new adventures in later years. Robert Greacen tells us how poetry and the creative arts greatly help him manage the aging process. Mamo McDonald recalls her experience of raising nine children, being widowed at forty; expanding her father-in-law’s drapery shop (which was […]

Fighting Back – A Good Age: Episode 6

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The last episode of A Good Age explores the media representation of senior citizens and of the ageing process. Mary Robinson outlines her support for the Senior Citizen’s Parliament and Proinsias De Rossa discusses the enormous contribution senior citizens can make to society. Several others explore the effects of consumerism on senior citizens and the […]