University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) consultant geriatrician and the STP’s special adviser in older people, Dr Zoe Wyrko, is part of the team behind the award-winning show, Old People’s Home for 4-year-olds, which returned for a second series in October.
The programme, which won the Best Popular Factual series at the prestigious Edinburgh International Television Festival in August 2018, examines what can the very young and the very old can learn from one another. It also aims to change attitudes about older people and spark debate about the way we care for our increasingly older population.
The relationships formed between young and old over a six week period have been touching the nation’s viewers. Cosmopolitan magazine positively reviewed the series, claiming: “to say it ripped out viewers’ hearts, chewed them up and spat them back out would be an understatement.”
Four-year-old Scarlett Pollard, who lost her mum to cancer aged only three, prompted an outpouring of empathy on social media when she whispered to pal Beryl Poulson, 84:
Can I tell you a secret? I have heartache.
Follow the debate on Twitter: #OldPeoplesHome4YO
Catch up with the series on demand: https://www.channel4.com/programmes/old-peoples-home-for-4-year-olds