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.
‘Joosten smashes through our bureaucratic, economy-centric and over-sentimentalised ways of talking about old age. With rigour and with grace, she recasts the terms of the national conversation.’ Maria Tumarkin
‘Thoughtful and honest, this book calls on us to cherish our elders.’ Dr Ranjana Srivastava