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Dear Life : On Caring for the Elderly - Karen Hitchcock

Dear Life

On Caring for the Elderly

Paperback Published: 28th March 2016
ISBN: 9781863958165
Number Of Pages: 160

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In this powerful book, Karen Hitchcock shines a light on ageism in our society. Through 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.

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Karen Hitchcock is an Australian author and medical doctor who published her first book of short stories in 2009.

ISBN: 9781863958165
ISBN-10: 1863958169
Series: Quarterly Essay
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 28th March 2016
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.2  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.16
Edition Number: 57

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