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What Matters as We Grow Older

Ageing is a part of life, so let’s talk about it.  

We all get older, and yet ageing is a topic that is often ignored altogether or treated as something wholly negative. We are bombarded with products and lifestyle hacks to wind back the clock, perpetuating the stigma of old age. In Engaging with Ageing, Anne Ring challenges this with a fresh, new and wholistic perspective on growing older. Instead of talking at readers with a fixed ‘pro’ or ‘anti’-ageing agenda, the book acts as a personal ‘travel guide’, helping readers to navigate the way they individually choose to age.

Through real world stories that inspire and resonate with readers, backed by cutting edge research, Engaging with Ageing explores the gamut of ageing-related topics, from staying healthy and fit, retirement, sex, looks and lifestyle to planning for a good death, and everything in between. Ultimately, the book empowers its readers to actively engage with how they will be old rather than how old they are.

“Anne Ring to the rescue!”

Her accessible, meticulously researched, wide-ranging book is packed with science and stories about the positives and pitfalls of growing old.

Ashton Applewhite, author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism

“A really practical handbook”

This book will help us all to have a better and more engaged quality of life as we age. It will also be invaluable to younger generations wanting to support cross generational solidarity and friendship.

Robert Tickner AO, Co-Chair, EveryAGE Counts



Dr Anne Ring is an 80-year-old health sociologist whose understanding of ageing matters comes from extensive experience both professionally and personally. Her PhD thesis in health sociology looked at 50 years of health, body image and ageing issues as they were presented in the popular media, and since then she’s continued writing extensively and being “old and happy about it”.


Paperback, 230mm x 153mm
RRP $34.95, 256pp

ISBN: 9781875684083