BBC Breakfast’s Naga Munchetty ’embraces’ age despite ‘difficulties’ of getting older

BBC Breakfast’s Naga Munchetty ’embraces’ age despite ‘difficulties’ of getting older

01/13/2021

Naga Munchetty says she ‘embraces’ her age

Naga Muchetty discussed the difficulties of having conversations about ageing with your parents or grandparents during her Radio 5 Live slot today. The BBC Breakfast presenter revealed she doesn’t worry about getting older and embraces the ageing process. 

Naga began: “Here’s a thought for you; do you ever worry about getting older? 

“Not me! I embrace the fact I’m 45 and unfortunately, so many people don’t get that far, so I’m grateful for that. 

“But how does your family handle difficult conversations about ageing? 

“Is it easy to talk about the challenges of getting older? Do we face them or do we hide away from them?”

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“Can you really tell your mum and dad what to do and how to do it?” Naga asked. 

“How to treat potential illnesses as we get older? 

“How is it? How is that conversation within your family? Tell me about it.”

Later in the show, Naga remarked: “Now the UK has an ageing population, here’s a statistic for you.

“By 2030 one in five of us will be over 65 and the number of people who have reached 100 people and over will have reached 21,000.

“When we have an ageing population it means we have to talk about how ageing affects the people we love, our parents or grandparents. 

“Now Dr Lucy Pollock is a geriatric consultant in Somerset she’s written a book and it’s called The Book About Getting Older (for People Who Don’t Want to Talk About It).”

“I have so much sympathy for families who are living with and caring for older members of their family,” Naga added.

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“It’s very difficult to be able to separate the love you have with the natural frustration that comes about with illnesses.”

“That’s true,” Lucy replied. “You hit the nail on the head which is the huge barrier that is love. 

“It is really hard to talk to the people we love about things that are difficult. None of us wants to upset each other and it works both ways.

“Older people often do want to talk about their families may not want to hear what they want to say.”

Later, Naga interviewed Strictly Come Dancing star and RuPaul’s Drag Race judge Michelle Visage. 

Asked whether she’s fearful of getting older, she said: “I think there’s a bit of that in all of us. 

“If you recall when we were young, 30 was old to us we couldn’t imagine turning 30.

“For me, I’m dealing with perimenopause symptoms right now and wondering why people don’t talk about that because the more we sit down and shut up the more we’re doing a disservice to our youth.”

BBC Breakfast airs daily on BBC One at 6am. Naga Munchetty hosts Radio 5 Live Mondays to Wednesdays 10am to 1pm.

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