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Issue Details: First known date: 2020... 2020 The Human Factor : Empathy as a Therapeutic Tool
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  • Epigraph: I would like to believe in the myth that we grow wiser with age. In a sense my disbelief is wisdom. Those of a middle generation, if charitable or sentimental, subscribe to the wisdom myth, while the callous see us as dispensable objects, like broken furniture or dead flowers. For the young we scarcely exist unless we are unavoidable members of the same family, farting, slobbering, perpetually mislaying teeth and bifocals. - Patrick White, Three Uneasy Pieces (Jonathan Cape, 1988)

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    y separately published work icon Griffith Review Getting On no. 68 April 2020 19074872 2020 periodical issue 'In a world where seventy is the new fifty, old age isn’t what it used to be. As the proportion of older Australians continues to rise, the lived experience of everyone, be they in care or looking after an aged relative, will be intertwined intimately with the phenomenon of longer lives. But longevity brings with it urgent issues: postponement of retirement, the question of financing extended life, how to forge a society that can accommodate the needs of a majority older population with the dynamism of the young.' (Publication summary) 2020 pg. 225-232
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