Sounds brilliant: tuning in to age friendly radio

Thank you to the Age Action Alliance for highlighting this really good service – read on and maybe take a few minutes to tune in.

If you’re not already an avid listener, you might want to tune into the great output of The Later Life Audio and Radio Cooperative (LLARC): an award-winning and growing network of older radio show hosts, age-friendly radio stations, voluntary and community sector organisations and academic researchers working on age-related issues.

The content from LLARC members is free to listen to (usually via the web but also through some local radio stations) and covers a really inspiring mix of topics while making sure that older people themselves from all around the country get a voice in the debates that affect their lives.

For example, the LLARC has just launched a brand new series in partnership with The British Society of Gerontology’s Early Researchers Association. In the first few episodes, you can learn about how theatre practice can counteract ageism and reduces feelings of shame; the cultural differences of grandparenting; how experiences throughout the life course impact frailty; and how self-perception of ageing influences health outcomes.

An example of a recent episode…

Their weekly Care Speaks shows are presented by Mervyn Eastman and hosted, produced and edited by the Institute of Health and Social Care Management (IHSCM). They seek to explore all issues about social care and chats with recent guests have covered later life sexuality and wellbeing; co-operative development; benefits; dementia and social care co-operatives; ageism; and much else.

All shows are available at and broadcast every Wednesday on LLARC’s Mixcloud platform: .

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