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  • Writer's pictureDebbie Thrower

Videos capturing what later life really feels like...

How typical are Barbara, Tony and Helen who have been captured on film talking about the reality of growing old in their part of Britain – the English south coast? The charity Time to Talk Befriending asked how they felt about ageing, by posing a series of perceptive questions of the trio.

The result is two memorable short films which distil the essence of spirituality in our later years. What does a good day look like when one is older? What lights you up and brings the most joy to you at the moment? Has creativity played a role in your life? What’s the best thing about ageing? What would a difficult day look like for you now? What is the most challenging thing about ageing? These are just a few examples of questions the trio are asked.

Their answers will make you smile and perhaps resonate with you deeply. They speak candidly about their losses, bereavements, of physical ill health following falls and, sometimes, the aching pangs of loneliness.

Each has plenty of good advice for younger people well worth taking to heart. It is very touching to hear what a difference being matched with a befriender has made to them. Kindness and compassion are clearly precious gifts they have appreciated through receiving regular visits. The links have resulted in them making new friends and being socially connected in all sorts of ways they might never have imagined at this stage in their lives.

Emily Kenward, founder and chief executive of Time to Talk Befriending based in Brighton, Hove and Eastbourne, devised the films and says: ‘The first video outlines their views about ageing and how to age well including helpful advice and wisdom. The second is about their experience of the charity. I hope you enjoy

watching the videos as much as the team and I do!’

‘Do follow us on social media’ she adds. ‘We share a lot about our work on there so it’s a good place to stay updated and connected! Our account on Facebook is “Time to Talk Befriending”. On Instagram and Twitter we are “TTTBCharity”.’




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