Book Review: Beloved Old Age and What to Do About It: Margery Allingham’s The Relay Handed on to Julia Jones

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This book offers the perspectives of two people caring for older family members: novelist Margery Allingham in the 1950s and her biographer Julia Jones, whose mother is in her nineties and currently living in supported housing.

The central theme is how an older person nearing the end of life ‘passes the baton’ to the next generation. It demonstrates that family carers can do this in a considered, informed and committed way that epitomises person-centred care. The book also highlights that good dementia care is possible and rewarding when accompanied by appropriate insight and understanding.

The way the book alternates chapters written by Ms Allingham and Ms Jones is slightly confusing at first but the number of valuable insights it contains more than makes up for this.

The book is relevant to those interested in the differences in the care


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