We Need to Talk About Ageing

Informative and accessible, We Need to Talk About Ageing is the book every family needs to explain the ageing journey and replace fear and uncertainty with knowledge, understanding and practical strategies.

ISBN: 9780733646201

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We Need to Talk About Ageing

Essential Conversations and Practical Advice to Navigate the Ageing Journey with Confidence

by Melissa Levi

Do you get the sense that something’s just not quite right with Mum, Grandpa or yourself?

Does your family avoid having the big conversations about ageing?
Are you confused and overwhelmed?
You are not alone.

With over a decade of experience specialising in older people’s mental health and dementia in Australia, clinical psychologist Melissa Levi has helped more than a thousand older people, and their families, navigate the ageing journey. While every family’s story is unique, Melissa has come to know that we all share common fears and questions about ageing - the same questions that her own family had when her grandfather was diagnosed with dementia.

In We Need to Talk About Ageing, Melissa encourages us to understand that while getting older is inevitable, the experience doesn’t need to be overwhelming, or clouded with uncertainty or confusion. Melissa provides expert information on what to expect as you get older, how to identify symptoms of common medical and psychiatric conditions in later life, and, most importantly, what you can do and where to go for help.

Melissa also shares practical strategies, tips and discussion prompts, so you and your family are equipped to have the big conversations about ageing and are empowered to plan for the future. This book will help you to clarify your options, find your way through the aged-care maze, make informed, values-aligned decisions, and ultimately experience greater meaning, joy and connection.