Lunchbox/Soapbox: Patricia Edgar: In Praise of Ageing

Lunchbox/Soapbox: Patricia Edgar: In Praise of Ageing

In her new book (and today’s Lunchbox/Soapbox) Patricia Edgar – sociologist, educator, writer, producer and policy analyst – challenges our preconceptions about ageing, arguing that 50 is now the start of the second half of life … not the beginning of the end.

A girl born today is likely to live to more than 100, with boys not far behind. Yet rather than focusing on the productive, rich, varied lives older people lead, we dwell on the burden of ageing.

Retirement is not the time to cut all ties and head off to live in a warm climate but rather to ask: Who do I want to be near? How will my relationships be reaffirmed? What do I care about? What can I create and contribute to the world?

You can also read an edited extract of this talk in Notes.


Portrait of Patricia Edgar

Patricia Edgar

Patricia Edgar is a sociologist, educator, film and television producer, writer, researcher, and policy analyst. Through a career spanning four decades she has been at the forefront of media for children nationally and internationally, winning multiple awards for her achievements and programs. She is the author of In Praise of Ageing.

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