What happens humans as they age? Gay Byrne as an example of the physical changes that take place in the human body over time are outlined.
Doctor Gerard Seery, Head of Surgery at the Davis Hospital in California, talks about the ageing process, and the things which await us all.
Born in Dublin, Doctor Seery is also a former Director and Head of the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of California. He has previously appeared on The Late Late Show to talk about plastic surgery, but here he shares his knowledge on what happens to us as we get older.
Research is being carried out in the United States into factors which will slow down the ageing process. Genetic factors play a large part, but keeping active and mentally stimulated have proven to be very important.
Lifestyle comes next, with some words of advice from Doctor Seery on giving up cigarettes and cutting out alcohol,
Cigs is probably the worst thing you can do, and booze is very close. But what I’d like to emphasise tonight is that it’s very difficult to get people to give up cigarettes and booze, but there are certain things you can do to ameliorate or diminish their effects.
Gay Byrne puts himself forward as a candidate for examination, and takes Doctor Seery’s observations with good grace. Thankfully it is not all doom and gloom!
As time goes on, the ageing individual goes grey...your eyesight is deteriorating reasonably rapidly... the cartilage is growing, and your nose is probably an eighth of an inch wider than it was, and it’s also a quarter of an inch longer...your voice, which is at the moment very mellifluous is in fact getting a little higher pitched...but in your case you’re using your vocal chords so much that you very likely will retain your speaking voice, so I wouldn’t worry too much on that.
Doctor Gerard Seery died in California on 25 September 2006.
This episode of the Late Late Show was broadcast on 4 December 1982. The presenter is Gay Byrne.