Ageing (A Very Short Introduction) ★★★☆☆

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Title: Ageing
Series: A Very Short Introduction
Author: Nancy Pachana
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Genre: Non-fiction
Pages: 144
Words: 38K



Official Blurb

Ageing is an activity we are familiar with from an early age. In our younger years upcoming birthdays are anticipated with an excitement that somewhat diminishes as the years progress. As we grow older we are bombarded with advice on ways to overcome, thwart, resist, and, on the rare occasion, embrace, one’s ageing. Have all human beings from the various historical epochs and cultures viewed aging with this same ambivalence? In this Very Short Introduction Nancy A. Pachana discusses the lifelong dynamic changes in biological, psychological, and social functioning involved in ageing. Increased lifespans in the developed and the developing world have created an urgent need to find ways to enhance our functioning and well-being in the later decades of life, and this need is reflected in policies and action plans addressing our ageing populations from the World Health Organization and the United Nations. Looking to the future, Pachana considers advancements in the provision for our ageing populations, including revolutionary models of nursing home care such as Green House nursing homes in the USA and Small Group Living homes in the Netherlands. She shows that understanding the process of ageing is not only important for individuals, but also for societies and nations, if the full potential of those entering later life is to be realised.


My Thoughts:

This was so much better than that execrable Entrepreneurship. This was a literal snapshot about aging. Speaking of “Aging”, I could tell immediately that this was published in England, what with the “AgEing”. My goodness, they might as well be French, throwing in all those extra letters into words 😉

I do wish that the author had touched a bit more on Aging throughout history and from various cultures. Beyond a cursory acknowledgment that such things existed, it was never touched on again. I guess that is what this series is going to do, make you want to explore a particular area of the subject in more detail. I, however, wasn’t interested ENOUGH to go find other books.

She did spend a lot of time on dementia. More than I thought necessary, especially as she specifically stated that alzheimers/dementia only affects about 6-10% of the aging population. Regular memory loss is something quite different. If half the words she spent on dementia had been spent on Aging in the Past, I would have been a much happier camper.

I was satisfied with this read. I highly doubt any book in this series is going to go above 3 stars and honestly, I’m ok with that. I feel like I’m picking “healthy” chocolates from the box and never know what I’ll get. Forest Gump’s Momma would be proud of me.



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22 thoughts on “Ageing (A Very Short Introduction) ★★★☆☆

    1. I also think that a larger population living longer (ie, not as many wars wiping whole population centers) makes for a greater pool for that kind of thing to happen. Not that it is happening more, percentage-wise, but more in terms of pure numbers. Whereas a village might have had an idiot or two hundreds of years ago, now, well….

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    1. That is interesting. I viewed it as low and you viewed the percentage as high. I wonder why that is. I guess for me it comes down to that I know quite a few people, who’ve gotten dementia as they aged and so it’s been a part of my 20something+ life (ie, since I was in my 20’s).

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      1. Yeah, I mean to me 6 to 7 percent seems high only because I just simply didn’t know the stats. My grandparents never had it or my great grandparents. I do know my husband’s grandfather had Alzheimer’s though which led to dementia. It’s sad and I hope that one day we can find a way to avoid getting it at all.

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  1. There was probably not much to write about aging in the past. It was mostly a prerogative of the upper-class who didn’t get consumed by the gout (which was a disease that was considered to be a status symbol). The rest of the population died before or around what we right now consider retirement age. You can still see that phenomenon in some third world countries where 40+ years old people are “old”.

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      1. The sane socio-economical approach would be to euthanize all elements that are a burden to society. However, most people fail to include themselves or their relatives into such an equation. What renders it void since most individuals will consider themselves an exception upon this rule. And then you have those who suffer and want to die, but aren’t allowed because the law forbids assisted euthanasia. It’s a tough issue and who is qualified to arbiter?

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        1. Without getting too emotional here, please don’t EVER bring up euthanasia as a viable option on this blog again.

          Feel free to email me if you’d like to discuss that in greater depth. Thank you.

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  2. I don’t remember hearing about the “very short introduction” series before (it seems I missed your post on Entrepreneurship) but that sounds like a great way to tell if you’re interested enough in a topic to research more!

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    1. You nailed it! I don’t plan on any of these leading me down into the depths of non-fiction, but if it happens, it happens and I won’t be adverse to it.

      I’m also trying to view these books as “this is how some people see this subject”. Even if they’re idiots and can’t write an introductory book to save their life…

      😀 😀 😀


  3. Dave’s secret to ageing… forget what your real age is… for example, for the last 4 years i keep forgetting i turned 31 already and every birthday i cant believe im already turning 32…. have i got dementia?

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  4. As important as the focus on Alzheimer is, I might indeed have found more interesting an examination of how aging affected cultures and the way it was dealt with in the past and the present. I am however comforted by the definition of “regular memory loss”, for obvious reasons… 😀 😀

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  5. “Ageing” in different times and cultures would make a thick book of its own!

    One thing I noticed while living in Southeast Asia was that older women seemed very confident and young women were more reserved and shy. Sort of the opposite of here. For example, at a wedding, the older women were more likely to be losing their inhibitions out on the dance floor. It was really jarring, and quite sad, to come back to the States and see an older person pushing a broom at McDonald’s, slumped over as if they know no one has any respect for them. You would never see that in Indonesia.

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