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How to Handle Later Life


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Acknowledgements, Introduction, How this book works. PART ONE: GROWING OLDER Chapter 1: The ageing body, Chapter 2: Food, drink and temperature, Chapter 3: Physical activity, Chapter 4: Psychological well-being; PART TWO: HOUSING Chapter 5: Shall I move? Chapter 6: Retirement and sheltered housing, Chapter 7: Retirement villages, Chapter 8: Staying put PART THREE: CONNECTIONS Chapter 9: Relationships, Chapter 10: Group activities, Chapter 11: Computers and the internet, Chapter 12: Communication, Chapter 13: Animal magic PART FOUR: THE WORLD OF HEALTHCARE Chapter 14: The NHS: rights and pledges, Chapter 15: Practitioners, organisations and concerns PART FIVE: HEALTHCARE PROVISION Chapter 16: Strokes, Chapter 17: Anxiety and depression, Chapter 18: Falls, Chapter 19: Continence, Chapter 20: Dementia PART SIX: PRACTICAL HELP Chapter 21: Equipment, Chapter 22: Telecare, Chapter 23: Human help, Chapter 24: Live-in care PART SEVEN: HELP FROM THE COUNCIL Chapter 25: The world of social care, Chapter 26: Social care assessments Chapter 27: Support for carers,Chapter 28: Organising and paying for care and support PART EIGHT: OUT AND ABOUT Chapter 29: On foot, Chapter 30: On wheels and water PART NINE: REPRESENTATIVES AND ADVISORS Chapter 31: Powers of attorney, Chapter 32: Deputies and guardians, Chapter 33: How representatives should behave, Chapter 34: Limited authorisation, advisors and advocates PART TEN: MONEY Chapter 35: Universal state benefits, Chapter 36: Means-tested benefits, Chapter 37: Earning, investing and bestowing PART ELEVEN: HOSPITALS Chapter 38: Staying in hospital, Chapter 39: Leaving hospital PART TWELVE: THE END OF LIFE Chapter 40: End-of-life care, Chapter 41: Final decision-making. Glossary, Useful Contacts, Notes, Index, About the author

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Launched with an author talk at Waterstones Tunbridge Wells on 27th September, 2017. Further information including the introduction, other prelims, sample chapters and reviews at http://www.amaranthbooks.co.uk/titles/how-to-handle-later-life/. See also the author's website, at www.marionshoard.co.uk.

About the Author

Marion Shoard was an acclaimed writer and campaigner about the conservation of and access to Britain's countryside for 35 years. Just as her book A Right to Roam was being published in 1999, Marion's mother lost her sight and developed dementia. Pitched into a world of which she then knew nothing, Marion was determined that once she had secured good care for her mother, she would provide others with the straight-talking advice she had sought in vain, so she switched focus to concentrate almost exclusively on older people's issues. More than ten years in the writing, How to Handle Later Life provides extensive guidance and a comprehensive grounding in the whole range of problems and opportunities which come with growing older. It completely replaces and is nearly twice the length of her 2004 book A Survival Guide to Later Life. Marion Shoard is or has been involved in a voluntary capacity with the Alzheimer's Society, Relatives and Residents Association, Healthwatch Medway and Christians on Ageing. She gives talks and campaigns in the field of later life, not least during 2020 and 2021 to challenge restrictions on access for people living in care homes to the outside world. For further information about the author, see Wikipedia and marionshoard.co.uk.


"Imagine finding yourself in a new and increasingly unfamiliar place. You'd want a guidebook. This is that book. It's clear and well-organised. It covers everything, from new relationships to the checklist you might consult on your deathbed. Unique, essential and considerate" - William Leith, EVENING STANDARD; "Shoard addresses in a thorough-going and balanced manner the biggest concerns and decisions people face as they grow older. This book will be of great value to middle-aged and elderly individuals as well as to family carers of older relatives. Reliable and comprehensive ... It should be found in every public library ... As someone who has been involved in dementia care and research over the years, I find the author's chapter on this subject particularly impressive. Its 25 pages are essential reading." - The Reverend Albert Jewell, METHODIST RECORDER; "It would be difficult to visualise a more complete and wide-ranging compendium than this on how to cope with the pressures and perils of later age. ... Health, with more than 200 pages, housing, legal matters, finance and all other facets of later life are comprehensively and sympathetically treated, with a user-friendly structure and presentation. There should be a copy in every library, council office, doctor's practice, MP's surgery, Citizens Advice Bureau, Age UK office, if not in every household." - Eric Midwinter; THIRD AGE MATTERS "This is a big book: large in size, scope and ambition. In some thousand pages in 41 chapters, Marion Shoard sets out with the hope of enabling readers to live as happily and healthily as possible. I think she succeeds pretty well. For the next couple of years, it is the best collection of sound advice that I have come across. On the clinical level, I do not doubt its usefulness for any department working with older people." - Daniel Collerton, PSYCHOLOGY OF OLDER PEOPLE; "This thorough and informative book ... I welcome this book as a valuable addition to the literature on empowering people to tackle the challenges which often accompany ageing. ... Everyone should read this book either to benefit ourselves as we age, or to help those around us. Nurses may wish to leave this book in communal patient areas for patients and relatives to access." - Liz Charalambous, NURSING TIMES; "A comprehensive, accomplished resource, a plethora of knowledge, which is likely to allow those approaching, or in, later life and their loved ones to deal with the complex systems of care, housing, hospitals and finances, as well as maximising the positive aspects of life and well-being at this stage of their lives. The sizeable book is accessible, due to its clear writing style and easy navigation, with sections and chapters complemented with useful summaries and all locatable via blue page markers." - Tamara Backhouse, QUALITY IN AGEING AND OLDER ADULTS

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