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Diverse perspectives on health and illness: Track 1

Health, and the health of others, are concerns that impact us all. This album explores notions of health and happiness in relation to the lifestyles people lead and the services and support available to them. The range of information is eclectic and illuminating, offering a rare insight into societal niches from the participants themselves. From health workers to the homeless, this series of interviews and discussions emphasises the relationship between how people live their lives and the decisions they make to stay healthy. This material forms part of The Open University course KYN275 Reflecting on whole lives - diverse perspectives on health and illness.

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Track 1: Diverse Perspectives on Health and Illness

A short introduction to this album


© The Open University 2009


Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Diverse Perspectives on Health and Illness    A short introduction to this album Play now Diverse Perspectives on Health and Illness
2 Holism: the whole truth    The notion of holistic therapy is one that is becoming increasingly mainstream. An engaging debate with practitioners explores the pros and cons of this approach. Play now Holism: the whole truth
3 Fuel poverty    Many people lack the money to adequately heat their homes. Users and organisers of help schemes in Scotland air their views. Play now Fuel poverty
4 Experiencing homelessness    John and Danny, two homeless men, talk about their lives and experiences of living outside conventional society, and how they cope with the difficulties they face every day. Play now Experiencing homelessness
5 Responding to homelessness    Exploring the work of the Brighton Housing Trust, a voluntary body committed to combating homelessness. Play now Responding to homelessness
6 Experiences of ageing    Three women from diverse social backgrounds talk about their lives and experiences with growing old, including employment, family life and bereavement. Play now Experiences of ageing
7 Frank Richards    Frank Richards was born in the Caribbean in 1931. He moved to England in 1955, and reminisces on his experiences as an immigrant and surviving ill health. Play now Frank Richards
8 Valuing people’s lives    Tom Kitwood worked to develop residential care for the elderly with his care mapping program. He sheds light on the importance of engagement and agency when working with those suffering from dementia. Play now Valuing people’s lives
9 Who cares?    In a round table discussion, people acting as full-time carers for relatives and loved ones highlight the difficulties and the frustration of caring, along with problems faced dealing with benefits and medical professionals. Play now Who cares?
10 Alternative and complimentary therapies    Many people are now turning to complementary medicines in place of more conventional cures. Practitioners illuminate their practices and theories and the effectiveness of their remedies. Play now Alternative and complimentary therapies