May 02, 2017

books on aged care and aging gracefully -

These resources are available for loan to members of AANSW - if you would like to reserve them please email the Library on

A Long Time Coming : Essays on Ageing
  • Too hard, these days : aged care in the Tiwi Islands
  • The right to be old: ageing as living rather than failing
  • Invisible women : the ageing female body
  • Home at last : housing difficulties in later life
  • Big sisters : why old age should be a feminist cause
  • Notes on writing and doing good : from novels to social work
  • Reading into dementia : empathy through fiction
  • As long as life endures : the loneliness of nursing homes

How to age
As a culture, we are increasingly 'anti-age'. Ageing is either identified entirely with disability, dependency and isolation or, conversely, with the model of the bungee-jumping, jet-skiing, Botoxed baby-boomer who has vanquished age altogether; it is either all-defining or non-existent because powerful treatments have triumphed over the ageing process itself. 

Both are manifestations of the same fear. 

In How to Age, Anne Karpf asks what it would mean to be 'pro-age'. 

She maps out a different approach to ageing, one that challenges the two sets of attitudes that now so saturate our thinking and recognises that ageing is an inevitable part of the human condition, an important process that has to be acknowledged and accepted in order for us to live our lives as fully as possible, but should not be the prism through which we view ourselves or others. In this practical, inspiring book, Anne draws upon science, history and personal experience to reveal that the great challenge of ageing turns out to be none other than the challenge of living. And the real meaning of ageing well, if such a concept has any value, is living an engaged life: to experience as wide a range of human emotions and experiences as possible.

Great myths of aging

Great Myths of Aging looks at the generalizations and stereotypes associated with older people and, with a blend of humour and cutting-edge research, dispels those common myths. * Reader-friendly structure breaks myths down into categories such as Body, Mind, and Living Contexts; and looks at myths from Older people lose interest in sex to Older people are stingy * Explains the origins of myths and misconceptions about aging * Looks at the unfortunate consequences of anti-aging stereotypes for both the reader and older adults in society.

A common sense guide to aged care : choosing the right type of care for you or your loved one
This book is designed to help people make an informed and balanced decision on how to best care for their loved ones when they are ageing or dealing with dementia. It examines the benefits and drawbacks of the various care options available and compares them according to the needs of each individual. It also provides detailed practical advice on how to make a home a suitable and safe place to live. Through check-lists and questionnaires, this book answers some of the important questions that arise when assessing a person's need for care and ease some of the guilt that might be associated with making those decisions.

Aged care, who cares? : Where? How? & How much?

This is the definitive guide to the vast range of options available to senior Australians today. Whatever your financial status, current state of health or future hopes and plans, you'll find good advice to help you make the best choices for your senior years.

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