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A Long Time Coming: essays on old age
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Melanie Joosten
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A Long Time Coming: essays on old age

Melanie Joosten


9781925321371

Scribe Publications


Society & Social Sciences;
Social issues & processes;
Age groups: the elderly


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To live a long life should be a joy; to be old should not be a burden. With improved health care and higher standards of living, each generation is living longer than the last. Governments see our ageing population as an imminent disaster, and old age as a medical problem. We are encouraged to remain active, stay healthy, and work longer - in short, to refuse becoming old. But if living longer is really about staying young, do we risk turning a blind eye to issues facing the elderly? Weaving interviews with research and memoir, Joosten undertakes a timely and clear-sighted investigation into the housing crisis as it affects older people, the politics of nursing-home care, the difficulties of dementia, support services for Indigenous Australians, and how the burden of caring for others can fall disproportionately on women. Moving, passionate, and urgent, A Long Time Coming is a call for empathy in a society that valorises youth and self-reliance - a profound reminder that everyone has the right to be old.

By:   Melanie Joosten
Imprint:   Scribe Publications
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 145mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   272g
ISBN:   9781925321371
ISBN 10:   1925321371
Publication Date:   May 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active


'Joosten smashes through our over-sentimentalised ways of talking about old age.' - Maria Tumarkin;'Thoughtful and honest, this book is a reminder to cherish our elders.' - Dr Ranjana Srivastava, author of Tell Me the Truth;[A] fine collection ... shows deep commitment and quite profound levels of insight and compassion.' - Weekend Australian;'Heartening ... [Joosten has] a novelist's feel for the texture of life.' - Fiona Capp, Sydney Morning Herald;'[v]ivid and surprising ... This eloquent collection advocates for the elderly.' - Sydney Review of Books;'a powerful collection of essays exploring what it means to grow old' - Australian Ageing Agenda;'well written, brimming with empathy ... a thoughtful work by a writer whose social work commitment arose from a feeling of obligation towards those who do not have the opportunities I have had ... This book pulls no punches, making it another valuable contribution to the debate we need to have.' - GP Speak

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