Book Review- The New Age of Ageing: How Society Needs to Change, by Caroline Lodge, Eileen Carnell & Marianne Coleman
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This book throws out a welcome challenge to lazy, ageist thinking, attitudes and policy. It sets out a well-structured appraisal of the important changes needed, in the authors’ words, to create a fairer society in which people of all ages can have a better life. Gutsy and well-informed, the writing is made authentic by the voices of 50 people who are at different points along the journey known as ‘older age’; their pithy comments continually refresh and re-energize what is already a lively narrative. The book’s panoramic sweep across policy and its spirited style make for an easy but rewarding read. Anyone new to the subject of our ageing society, and especially those with responsibilities for policy or services for older people, would do well to study this book closely.
As well as their rich life experiences the authors bring a deep understanding of social issues, inequalities and challenges to diversity, partly gained through active involvement in the feminist movement. Their...
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