A Long Time Coming

A Long Time Coming

Written by: Melanie Joosten

  • Publisher: Scribe Publications
  • Publish Date: 2016-05-30
  • ISBN-10: 9781925307504
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2016 NIB: WAVERLEY LIBRARY AWARD FOR LITERATURE A powerful collection of essays exploring what it means to grow old in our youth-obsessed world To live a long life should be a joy; to be old should not be a burden. With improved health care and higher standards of living, each generation is living longer than the last. Governments see our ageing population as an imminent disaster, and old age as a medical problem. We are encouraged to remain active, stay healthy, and work longer — in short, to refuse becoming old. But if living longer is really about staying young, do we risk turning a blind eye to issues facing the elderly? Weaving interviews with research and memoir, Joosten undertakes a timely and clear-sighted investigation into the housing crisis as it affects older people, the politics of nursing-home care, the difficulties of dementia, support services for Indigenous Australians, and how the burden of caring for others can fall disproportionately on women. Moving, passionate, and urgent, A Long Time Coming is a call for empathy in a society that valorises youth and self-reliance — a profound reminder that everyone has the right to be old. PRAISE FOR MELANIE JOOSTEN ‘[A] fine collection … shows deep commitment and quite profound levels of insight and compassion.’ The Weekend Australian ‘Heartening … [Joosten has] a novelist's feel for the texture of life.’ The Sydney Morning Herald

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