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Dear Life: On Caring for the Elderly

Dear Life: On Caring for the Elderly (Paperback, Large type / large print edition)

By Hitchcock, Karen

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In this short, powerful book, Karen Hitchcock shines a light on ageism in our society. Through some unforgettable case studies, she shows what care for the elderly and dying is really like - both the good and the bad. With honesty and deep experience, she looks at end-of-life dec...isions and over-treatment, frailty and dementia. Dear Life is a moving and controversial argument against the creeping tendency to see the elderly as a burden -difficult, hopeless, expensive and homogenous. While we rightly seek to curb treatment when it is futile, harmful or against a patient's wishes, this can sometimes lead to limits on care that suit the system rather than the person. Doctors may declare a situation hopeless when it may not be so. We must plan for a future when more of us will be old, Hitchcock argues, with the aim of making that time better, not shorter. And we must change our institutions and society to meet the needs of an ageing population. Dear Life is a landmark book by one of Australia's most powerful writers. The elderly, the frail are our society. They are our parents and grandparents, our carers and neighbours, and they are every one of us in the not-too-distant future ...They are not a growing cost to be managed or a burden to be shifted or a horror to be hidden away, but people whose needs require us to change - Karen Hitchcock, Dear Life
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ISBN 9781525226069
Released NZ 16 Jun 2016
Publisher Readhowyouwant
Format Paperback, Large type / large print edition
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ISBN-13 9781525226069
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Publisher Readhowyouwant
Imprint ReadHowYouWant
Released 16 Jun 2016
Publication Country Canada Canada
Format Paperback, Large type / large print edition
 › 2 other possible formats available
Edition Large type / large print edition
Author(s) By Hitchcock, Karen
Category Care Of The Elderly
Number of Pages 156
Dimensions Width: 155mm
Height: 240mm
Spine: 8mm
Dewey Code 362.6
Weight 281g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Social Issues, Services & Welfare
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education