Tag Archives: ageing

Where are the older main characters?

Julia McKenzie as Agatha Christie’s Miss MarpleJulia McKenzie as Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple

We have books for children, young adults and now new adults. Where are the books for the more mature person? Middle-aged parents and grandparents as supporting characters are abundant in fiction, but human antiques are much more than just their parental status.

Continue reading Where are the older main characters?

Advertisements

Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast

Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? Roz ChastRating:  

As Chast’s parents aged, she recognised the need to care for them, and she did, until they died. Graphic novel memoir Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant? details her uncensored journey with humour and poignancy, examining her changing relationships with them along the way.

Continue reading Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast

When and how would you choose to (live and) die? Aged 60 or 100?

elderly crossingThis issue has been on my mind since my 54-year-old mother spent a couple of weeks in hospital in January. 99% of the patients on the emergency care ward and later the all-female general medicine ward, were over 80 and had mobility issues. And of those, about 90% suffered from dementia.

After witnessing this, I’ve been re-evaluating my retirement years; how I want to live, and when I want to die.

Continue reading When and how would you choose to (live and) die? Aged 60 or 100?