New Internationalist

Action And Worth Reading

February 1995


The World Aging Situation 1991 (United Nations) is a thorough overview, with case studies as well as statistics. Ageing – debates on demographic transition and social policy by Kasturi Sen (Zed Press, 1994) gives an overview of the issues and the literature worldwide. Ageing in Developing Countries by Ken Tout (Oxford University Press 1989) is a classic, with anecdotal evidence to support the arguments. Humanity comes of Age by Suzanne S Paul and James A Paul (WCC Publications 1994) is a readable argument for change and has a good final chapter on the ageing movement. Ageing and Later Life by Julia Johnson and Robert Slater (Sage Publications, 1993) is a reader with a whole range of angles from fiction to health, retirement and politics. Intergenerational work in Britain is illustrated in Generation to Generation: Linking schools with older people by Maureen O’Connor (Cassell Educational Ltd 1993). Growing Old Disgracefully: new ideas for getting the most out of life, The Hen Co-op (Piatikus 1993) is written by a group of older British and American women in order to challenge ideas of what it was like to grow old. The Fountain of Age (Vintage 1993) is Betty Friedan’s salvo on ageing in America. Two Old Women by Velma Wallis (Women’s Press 1994) is an Alaskan legend of survival. Finally The Raging Grannies Songbook (New Society, 1993) is there for those who want to protest and sing!

Below are some national organizations but there will be some local ones near you.

Age Concern,
PO Box 1930, Wellington.
Local autonomous councils providing advocacy and services for older people.

Grey Power,
PO Box 6026, Wellesley Street, Auckland.
A political lobbying group on elderly issues.


New South Wales Council on Ageing,
34 Argyle Place, Miller’s Point, NSW 2000. (branches in other states),
A wide-ranging community-based group. Lobbying and education work.

Pensioners’ and Superannuants’ Associations.
Suite 62, Level 6, Kippax Street, Surry Hills, NSW 2010 (national and state).
A federation of consumer groups providing education and resources, and lobbying government and industry.


Age Concern,
Astral House, 1268 London Road London SW16 4ER.
A network of national and local organizations. Support and care for older people.

HelpAge International,
St James’s Walk, Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R OBE.
A federation enabling over 40 non-governmental organizations in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe and North America to work with and for older people.

Help the Aged (UK)
(address as for HelpAge International)
Runs a range of services, including campaigning work and national advice lines.


One Voice,
1005-350 Sparks Street, Ottawa, Ontario, KIR 758.
Membership organization advocating old people’s rights.

Positive Aging,
148 May Street North, Box 9, Thunder Bay, Ontario, T7C 5V4.
Grassroots organization producing a newsletter The Page.


American Association of Retired Persons,
601 E Street, NW, Washington DC 20049.
A membership organization which lobbies on a whole range of issues and publishes Modern Maturity and Network News: a Newsletter of the Global Link for Midlife and Older Women.

American Society on Aging,
833 Market Street, Room 511, San Francisco CA 94103-1824.
More academic. Produces Generations, a journal with articles by different experts.

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