Dr Sally Jones, elderly care consultant, Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham Copyrighted image Credit: BBC

About the series

There are more pensioners than children living in Britain. As our population gets older, its health and care needs are becoming more complex, increasing pressure on a health and social care system at times already struggling to cope.

With unprecedented access to the NHS and Social Services’ older adults care teams in Birmingham, Protecting Our Parents follows medics and social workers as they attempt to meet the increasing demand on their services.

Filmed over the course of a year against a backdrop of stretched budgets and damning reports, Protecting Our Parents looks at cases from the perspective of the professionals, families and older adults themselves to explore one of the most important challenges facing our society: how should we care for our ageing population?

If you, or someone you know, have been affected by the issues raised in this series, the organisations on this page can help.

  • This programme is available to purchase on DVD. To find out more, and to order, please visit OU Worldwide