The Big Middle

Peter Mangan

Episode Summary

The Freebird Club: travel freedom + social fun in +50s homestays

Episode Notes

There's a silent but alarming epidemic of loneliness and social isolation across the rich world across all ages. The World Health Organization now lists lack of social support networks as one of the risk factors for early death - as lethal as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

In the longer-lasting Big Middle of life, social networks can easily become frayed or collapse altogether. Dubliner Peter Mangan noticed this was happening with his father. So he decided to do something to liven up his Dad's life. He founded The Freebird Club, a global homestay community for over50s that's as much about socialising as it is travelling.



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