Stories in Ageing
This is an interesting resource that provides valuable insights into the lived experience of older people and social and cultural perspectives of ageing
This is an interesting resource that provides valuable insights into the lived experience of older people and social and cultural perspectives of ageing.
It takes a multilayered approach comprising stories about ageing, an opportunity for guided reflection and inquiry, and a section on action that encourages application of the concepts to personal practice. It does, however, refer exclusively to Antipodean sources and the references to health and social welfare in the text are related solely to Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, Torres Strait Islands and other islands in the area.
The context, although enlightening, is largely irrelevant to professionals working in the UK unless they are using it as an anthropological resource because the information on indigenous peoples makes fascinating reading.
The book has a user-friendly layout and guides the reader clearly through the text and e-learning resource points. The accompanying e-learning resource comprising video and audio stories was relatively easy to access via a login to the publisher’s portal given in the book. This was in the sales area of the site with the inherent temptation to purchase other materials and I was concerned that the entire user name and password details were returned by email.
The book and e-learning resource would be useful as a learning and teaching tool but would require careful application due to the language, references, sources of information and lack of index. Although this is a new publication, it has out-of-date information, however, these inaccuracies do not detract from a readable resource that would be a useful, if pricey, addition to a library with particular relevance for encouraging carers in older people’s settings to question attitudes to ageing.