Last updated: 2022, September 16
HAPPY DAYS OF THE GRUMP
Author: Tuomas Kyrö
The “boomer” generation is the subject of much ridicule but dig a little deeper and perhaps there is something frustratingly endearing about the seniors among us. After all, there really is a grump in all of us who becomes more insufferably with age. All we need is a little patience from those who bear the brunt of staying by our side.
BREAKFAST WITH THE CENTENARIANS: THE ART OF AGEING WELL
Author: Daniela Mari
“For some, ageing does not start when we see our first wrinkles; it’s when we give up on our dreams, when we swap true love for something safer, more suitable, and when we lose interest in others and in everything new.”
THE BOOK ABOUT GETTING OLDER
Author: Dr Lucy Pollock
One needs to be ready for difficult conversations before reading this – not just with other people, but with oneself. Above all, it requires the recognition that some things are just not the same in old age. There’s no reason to expect things to stay the same, and it is not always for the worse. Some things get better with age too.
Director: Chie Hayakawa
In a dystopic Japan, “Plan 75” is a voluntary euthanasia programme for the elderly, available once they reach the age of 75. It is publicised as a self-sacrificial move to alleviate society’s burden of caring for an ageing population. The film questions the efficacy of this plan and by extension, all simplistic solutions to the unavoidably complex issue of ageing.