In a world where seventy is the new fifty, old age isn’t what it used to be.
As the proportion of older Australians continues to rise, the lived experience of everyone, be they in care or looking after an aged relative, will be intertwined intimately with the phenomenon of longer lives. But longevity brings with it urgent issues: postponement of retirement, the question of financing extended life, how to forge a society that can accommodate the needs of a majority older population with the dynamism of the young.
Edited by Ashley Hay, Griffith Review 68: Getting On takes a timely look at the question of how we age successfully – as individuals, as a society, as a population.
Listen to Ashley's introduction here:
Behind the book conversations between editor Ashley Hay and contributors Ian Lowe and Ingrid Burkett.
Ian Lowe still enjoys a game of cricket in his seventies – and he’s not the only one. Revealing the increasingly popular phenomenon of over-sixties and over-seventies cricket, Lowe explains why he and his teammates aren’t retiring their whites anytime soon.
And Ingrid Burkett issues a manifesto for Generation X, calling for bold and purposeful action to shape a new and different approach to ageing.