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The Humour of Old Age

The Humour of Old Age - Revd Dr Una Kroll

Revd Dr Una Kroll
The Sixth Leveson Lecture (Leveson Paper 17)

In this paper, Una Kroll explores the place of humour in old age, the humour that sharpens the mind and lifts the spirit, the humour that acts as a wry defence against melancholy or despair, but also the humour that can be cruel and that needs to be challenged. She also points to some of the needs of older people and how younger carers and family members may be able to help meet them. In addition she demonstrates the value of listening to what older people have to say about themselves.

Revd Dr Una Kroll is herself an older person, living now in sheltered housing. During her career she was both a medical doctor and a priest in the Church of England and campaigned for many years for the ordination of women. The author of a number of books, her latest, Living Life to the Full, picks up many of the themes and questions which she has engaged in over her lifetime with such insight and honesty.

The Humour of Old Age (Leveson Paper 17)
Revd Dr Una Kroll

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