Book of the Month for September: The Book About Getting Older, by Dr Lucy Pollock

Welcome to our monthly feature showcasing a new book available to borrow from your library service. The books are chosen by our team.

This month, we have chosen The Book About Getting Older (for people who don’t want to talk about it), by Dr Lucy Pollock.

Now more than ever, we need to talk about getting older.

Book cover: The book about getting older


Many of us are living to a very great age. But how do we give those we love, and eventually ourselves, long lives that are as happy and healthy as possible?

Dr Lucy’s book gives us answers to the questions we can voice – and those that we can’t.

How do we start?
How do we ask whether it’s worth taking seven different medicines?
Is it normal to find you’re falling out of love with someone, as they disappear into dementia?
Should Dad be driving, and if not, who can stop him?
What are the secrets of the best care homes?
When does fierce independence become bad behaviour?
How do you navigate near-impossible discussions around resuscitation and intensity of treatments?
And who decides what happens when we become ill?

‘The most important book about the second half of your life you’ll ever read. I wish everyone in the UK could be under Dr Lucy’s care, but this is the next best thing’ 


This book is available to borrow here. Contact us for help.

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