Getting a Life: Older People Talking

Getting a Life: Older People Talking

by Michael Simmons (Editor)

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With around 16 per cent of the current UK population now over sixty years of age, it is vital to have a voice. Here, a cross-section of older people, including Denis Healey, Barbara Castle, Claire Rayner and Peter Preston discuss what it means to grow old in computer-age Britain.

From their own experience they address issues such as making ends meet, maintaining that precious independence, coping with widowhood, with sex, with sociability and how to get away from it all or start again. Each contributor is over sixty and far from the sweet old thing asking for a seat on the bus, in many cases they are demanding a turn in the driving seat and for all to sit up and take notice of what they have to say. Ignore them at your peril!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780753156285
Publisher: ISIS Large Print Books
Publication date: 12/28/2002
Series: Isis Softcover Series
Edition description: Large Type
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.82(w) x 8.76(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

Michael Simmons worked for the Financial Times as a political journalist specializing in Eastern Europe. He later spent 20 years on the Guardian, once again in Eastern Europe, latterly commentating on political and social affairs in Britain. He is also a columnist for RNID's One in Seven magazine. He is the author of five books.

Table of Contents

Coming to terms
And louder sing ...13
Divides don't work15
Squaring the social circle24
Cheveux gris, eminence grise?33
Taking stock
Exclusion and inclusion45
The best is yet to come50
A world still biased59
Empowerment through talking69
Unfolding faiths76
Good mourning83
Managing--or coping
Pensions and politics97
Tightening the belt107
Getting and spending116
Love and lovability123
Health questions, genetic answers130
Getting a life
Into the void, and beyond145
How, and where, I found independence153
Education--bus or tram?162
Aristotle and the Beatles170
Untangling the net178
Making the most of it
Lost--and found189
Triumphs of the will199
Making oneself heard204
With and without a stick212
Old men of Hoy222
The blue yonder230
About the contributors237

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