The New Age of Ageing
Camilla Cavendish, Nicci Gerrard
We are living in an unprecedented age: this year marks the first time in human history that the number of people aged 65 and over outnumber children aged five and under. It is a tumultuous demographic shift. How will we address the ensuing challenges? How will we ensure that we reap the benefits of prolonged life? Award winning journalist Camilla Cavendish contests many of the taboos around aging, arguing for a seismic change in our attitudes to the last phase of life. Nicci Gerrard – who has produced a profoundly moving account of dementia – explores memory, language, identity, the notion of what it truly means to care, and asks how we begin to value those who become old, invisible, forgotten? What do we owe them, and each other as humans? With The Oldie Magazine editor, Harry Mount.
Camilla Cavendish is author of Extra Time: 10 Lessons For Living Longer Better. She is an award-winning writer and broadcaster, former head of the Downing Street Policy Unit under Prime Minister David Cameron, and Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School where she researches demographic challenges. She sits in the UK House of Lords as a crossbench peer, Baroness Cavendish of Little Venice. Camilla is Contributing Editor and columnist at the Financial Times, and Chair of Frontline for social work.
Nicci Gerrard is a writer and campaigner, a celebrated novelist with her husband as Nicci French and recipient of the 2016 Orwell Prize for Journalism ‘Exposing Britain’s Social Evils’. She is also co-founder of John's Campaign, named after her father, which has campaigned to give carers of those with dementia the same rights as parents of children to accompany them in hospital. Recognised by NHS policy makers, charities, nurses, doctors and carers, almost every hospital in the UK has now signed up to the campaign.
Harry Mount is editor of The Oldie and the author of eight books. He was a leader writer and New York correspondent at the Daily Telegraph and is a former barrister.