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The Book About Getting Older (for people who don't want to talk about it) [9780241423394]

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** Pre-order the most important book you'll ever read about the second half of your life now. **

We are all apprentice old people.

More and more of us are living to a very great age. But how do we give those we love, and eventually ourselves, a chance to be older as happily and healthily as we possibly can?

Dr Lucy's book looks at answers, to questions big and small, and helps us understand that long life is something to be celebrated and embraced. Most situations, she tells us, are solvable.

Is it normal to find you're falling out of love with your partner of many years, who is disappearing into dementia?

* When does 'fiercely independent' turn into 'badly behaved'?

* How do you navigate the near impossible discussions around resuscitation, intensity of treatments, power of attorney?

* How do you get doctors to listen?

* Should your mother be taking seven different medicines?

* Are we all doomed to an incontinent future?

* Should Dad be driving, and if not, who can stop him?

* What does a good care home look like?

This practical book, full of warmth, humour, philosophy, joy and real-life stories, is by a doctor who has worked her entire career as a geriatrician, caring for people who have complicated problems and who need answers to the delicate questions that arise as we get older.

In the end, it comes down to finding a way to talk about it all with the people we love as well as the professionals. Only then, perhaps, can we make a better life for the older people in our families and communities and, ultimately, for ourselves.


AUTHOR: Lucy Pollock trained in medicine at Cambridge and at Bart's Hospital, and worked as a junior doctor in East London before moving to Somerset, where since 2001 she has been a consultant specializing in the care of those who are frail and elderly.
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Author:
Lucy Pollock
Publisher:
Michael Joseph Ltd
Publication:
07-Jan-2021
Format:
Hardback
Pages:
400
Weight:
496 Grams
  • 5
    The Book About Getting Older

    Posted by Amanda on 2nd Feb 2021

    A book everyone should read. Dr Pollock's experience and expertise are more than obvious, but it is her empathy and compassion that shine through. This book is full of useful information as well as charming and sad anecdotes. I laughed and cried in equal measure as well as finding it very helpful.

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    The book about getting older ( for people who don’t want to talk about it)

    Posted by Phyllis Wigham on 27th Jan 2021

    Very readable about a subject that can feel taboo. When is old anyway who will admit it until your body doesn’t work as it used to? This is informative and fascinating - to see what I’d missed and realistic about the inevitable. No one really is open about these things, my daughter only asks if we’ve sorted the power of attorney yet and I’m trying to prepare my downs son that we won’t always be here. Facts are strength. Worth reading.

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