I mentioned Julia Neuberger’s recent book on July 6th. and said that I would read it, which is what I am now doing. She sumarises her ‘manifesto’ into staccato–like statements, which become the headings for each of her ten chapters.
Here they are –
1. Don’t make assumptions about my age – end age discrimination
2. Don’t waste my skills and experience – the right to work
3. Don’t take my pride away- end begging for entitlements
4. Don’t trap me at home because there are no loos or seats – reclaim the streets
5. Don’t make me brain dead, let me grow – open access to learning
6. Don’t force me into a care home – real choice in housing
7. Don’t treat those who look after me like rubbish – train and reward care assistants properly
8. Don’t treat me like I’m not worth repairing – community beds and hospitals
9. Don’t treat me as meaningless – the right to die well
Don’t assume I’m not enjoying life, give me a chance – grey rage
The book is breathless and repetitive and has clearly been put together in haste, but I am finding it well worthwhile. I shall be referring to some of her statistics, research and reflections, and commenting on them in a few future postings.