The New Age of Ageing

How Society Needs to Change

Caroline Lodge, Eileen Carnell, and Marianne Coleman

The New Age of Ageing

Caroline Lodge, Eileen Carnell, and Marianne Coleman

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

224 pages | 5 x 7 3/4
Paper $26.00 ISBN: 9781447326830 Published November 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Society does something strange to us as we get old. We are no longer seen as valued participants in the world but marginalized as burdens and problems to be solved. We become the other. This book presents a different vision of the future. Drawing on fifty interviews with people aged fifty to ninety, it proves aging is not simply passive decline but a process of learning, joy, political engagement, challenge, and achievement. For example: Mary, 83, has resisted her children’s suggestion to downsize and is fostering two teenage boys. Joseph, 68, fights for the rights of small farmers worldwide. Through their voices and the voices of many others, we come to understand both the difficulties and possibilities of aging. Increased longevity has consequences for us all. By challenging our assumptions and stereotypes, this book proves that a society that takes better account of older people is better for everyone.
Contents
Living longer together;
Going on and on; 
How society makes people old; 
Time-bomb, what time bomb? The economics of ageing;
Overlooked and Under-estimated: Older Consumers;
Working longer together; 
Media exclusion;
Cover up;
Living Together;
Who Cares?;
Wiser together; 
The best bits; 
The dark side;
We’re still here.

 
Review Quotes
Amelia Hill | Guardian
“‘In attempting to counterbalance the ubiquitous images of decline, it is important not to create new, unachievable oppressions of physically fit, creative, active, adventurous ageing,’ Lodge warns. ‘This model may represent a new tyranny.’ She’s right. The most interesting thing about ageing and joy I’ve discovered while writing this series is that it comes in intensely personal ways.”
Citizen's Income Trust
"The New Age of Ageing is an important book, and our society would benefit from policy makers taking note of the authors' numerous recommendations."
Jacquelyn B. James, Boston College
"Grounded in academic literature, and in the powerful words of their research participants, the authors inspire readers to envision new possibilities for growth and development in later life."
Tatiana Rowson, Heriot Watt University
"Challenges many of society's rigid stereotypes of older people. It navigates the reader through the main debates on ageing in an accessible and informative way."
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