How to Handle Later Life

Marion Shoard

How to Handle Later Life, to be published on 6 July 2017, is the result of 15 years of unsparing, independent, UK-wide investigation. It reveals what works, what doesn’t, and how to navigate the pitfalls which frequently confound those seeking care and support. The author, Marion Shoard, an award-winning writer, first became involved in the choices that confront older people when her mother went blind and developed dementia. Acclaimed for her pioneering work in the environment, she has switched her focus and produced a comprehensive – and essential – guide to later life. Read more >

Paperback ISBN: 978-0-9567615-2-1 £22.99 Buy Now

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Imprint: Amaranth Books

Pages: 1,100

Subject: Self-help, Health, Law, Ageing, Social issues

Date Published: 6 July 2017

About this book

How to Handle Later Life ranges over the main issues faced as you grow older, from choice of housing to financial matters, social contact, healthcare, transport and legal questions. The wider context of the ageing body and its changing nutritional, exercise and psychological needs is also examined. Discerning, straight-talking and completely unique, How to Handle Later Life prepares us for problems many people have preferred not to think about.

About this author

Marion Shoard is the author of seminal works on environmental issues including The Theft of the Countryside and A Right to Roam. When she turned 50, her mother went blind and developed dementia. She searched for information she suddenly needed urgently but in vain. So she decided to write a book that would prepare everyone for the final decades of life.

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Reviews of How to Handle Later Life are yet to come in. Twelve years ago, in 2004, Marion Shoard wrote A Survival Guide to Later Life. Her new book, How to Handle Later Life, replaces this earlier work, deepening and updating its coverage and extending into new areas. Here are some reviews of A Survival Guide to Later Life:

This all-encompassing manual has little in common with the anaemic fact-sheets hanging limply from the noticeboard of your doctor’s surgery. The vast but little-known world of care homes, social services, voluntary organisations and rip-off commercial eldercare operations is subjected to the relentless glare we take for granted elsewhere. … Practical guidance is infused with messianic zeal.

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