Not Dead Yet A Manifesto for Old Age – Julia Neuberger – Book Review

In her furious 10-point manifesto for grey power, Julia confronts a shameful injustice and in doing so sets us on the road to change that benefits us all.

Julia Neuberger asks why we allow our older relatives to be treated so appallingly and in her 10-point manifesto demands that we change our attitudes and behaviour towards ageing.

Parachuting into fields, running internet businesses, singing in rock groups at the age of 101 – some older people have never been so active. So why are others being so badly treated? In Not Dead Yet, Julia Neuberger asks the questions our society has shied away from – and demands answers.

  • Why are older people increasingly marginalised, mistreated and patronised?
  • Why are they allowed to die in hospital without food, water or pain relief?
  • Why are we so bombarded with images of the young that older people are being driven from our TV screens?
  • Why do the most experienced people find it so hard to get jobs?
  • Isn’t there more to life than bingo, bowls and daytime television?

Target audience: over 50s

I was NOT in the target audience but I did find the book to be well written and researched – showing how the increased life expectancy is putting a strain on the government to provide pensions, healthcare and housing for the vulnerable older generation. It looks at different levels of care within care homes and how old people are dehumanised and treated poorly. How not being in a work environment adds to the feeling of uselessness that the elderly feel. About the poverty line which seems to be hit for most of them – who have to rely on their children for support.

It’s not bad but it not something I want to read again.

2/5 (charity pile)


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