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Karen Hitchcock on Caring for the Elderly : Quarterly Essay Issue 57.
Quarterly Essay 57 Dear Life on Apple Books
Doctors may declare a situation hopeless when it may not be so. We must plan for a future when more of us will be old, Hitchcock argues, with the aim of making that time better, not shorter. And we must change our institutions and society to meet the needs of an ageing population. They are our parents and grandparents, our carers and neighbours, and they are every one of us in the not-too-distant future. They are not a growing cost to be managed or a burden to be shifted or a horror to be hidden away, but people whose needs require us to change. Karen Hitchcock is the author of the award-winning story collection Little White Slips and a regular contributor to the Monthly.
Quarterly Essay 57 Dear Life
Quarterly Essay is an Australian periodical that straddles the border between magazines and non-fiction books. Printed in a book-like page size and using a single-column format, each issue features a single extended essay of at least 20, words, with an introduction by the editor, and correspondence relating to essays in previous issues. It was founded in Concentrating primarily on Australian politics in a broad sense, the magazine's issues have covered topics including profiles of Mark Latham , to the U.
In this moving and controversial Quarterly Essay, doctor and writer Karen Hitchcock investigates the treatment of the elderly and dying through some unforgettable cases. With honesty and deep experience, she looks at end-of-life decisions, frailty and dementia, over-treatment and escalating costs. Doctors may declare a situation hopeless when it may not be so. We must plan for a future when more of us will be old, Hitchcock argues, with the aim of making that time better, not shorter. And we must change our institutions and society to meet the needs of an ageing population.