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Ageing in the 21st Century:  Slow Book Group

Vivek
                      NandaIn the format of a ‘Slow Book Group’, we will sample chapters from contemporary writers on the topic of ageing and our ageing society.

 
Group Coordinators: Vivek Nanda (click to contact) and Georgia Lepper
When

Every other Wednesday at 4.30 pm for about 90 minutes from early October to late January.
Where

We will meet in person on Wednesday 6 October 2021 to get acquainted.
Subsequent meetings will be on Zoom on Wednesdays 20 October, 3 November, 17 November, 1 December, 15 December, 12 January, with some members joining individually and others in small groups.
The final meeting on 26 January 2022 will be in person to reflect on what we have learned.

Overview

In the format of a ‘Slow Book Group’, we will sample chapters from contemporary writers on the topic of ageing and our ageing society. What are our attitudes to growing older?  How do we want to be perceived?  How can we take an active role in our health and care as we age? The chapters will be available in electronic form through the iU3A Copyright Licensing Agreement.

 
Schedule of Chapters for Discussion

October 6: Face-to-face meetup to introduce ourselves to each other, and perhaps share our own experiences relating to ageing.

October 20: Bolder — Making the Most of Our Longer Lives by Carl Honore Chapter 1: How ageing got old: An introduction which takes a look across cultures at how attitudes to age and ageing have evolved.

November 3: This chair rocks: A manifesto against ageism by Ashton Applewhite Chapter 7: Long life is a team sport.

November 17: Extra time: 10 lessons for an Ageing World by Camilla Cavendish Chapter 5: New Neurons:  Old brains can learn new tricks.

December 1: The book about getting older (for people who don’t want to think about it) by Dr Lucy Pollack Chapter 7:  Goldilocks Medicine.

December 15: Being Mortal — Illness, Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gwande Chapter 2:  Things fall apart.

January 12: Systems Thinking in the Public Sector by John Seddon Chapter 10: Failing those who need care.

January 26: Face-to-face meetup:  to reflect on what we have learned and explore what some Members might like to do together next.

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