• Dear Life

Dear Life

Dear Life

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  • Author
    Karen Hitchcock
  • Publisher
    Black Inc
  • Publication date
    28 March 2016

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Book Detail

  • Book Title

    Dear Life

  • Author

    Karen Hitchcock

  • Date Published

    28 March 2016

  • Publisher

    Black Inc

  • Pages

    208 pages

  • ISBN

    9781863958165

Book Description

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 decisions 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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