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Ju­lia Neu­berger puts for­ward 10 de­mands old peo­ple should make on so­ci­ety:

Do not make as­sump­tions about my age: end age dis­crim­i­na­tion

Do not waste my skills and ex­pe­ri­ence: the right to work

Do not take my pride away: end beg­ging for en­ti­tle­ments

Do not trap me at home be­cause there are no pub­lic loos or seats: re­claim the streets

Do not make me brain­dead, let me grow: open ac­cess to learn­ing

Do not force me into a care home: real choice in hous­ing Do not treat those who look af­ter me like rub­bish: train and re­ward care as­sis­tants prop­erly

Do not treat me like I am not worth re­pair­ing: in­crease the num­ber of com­mu­nity beds in hos­pi­tals Do not treat my death as mean­ing­less: the right to die well

Do not as­sume I’m not en­joy­ing life: grey rage

Not Dead Yet is pub­lished by Harper Collins at £18.99

Rabbi Ju­lia Neu­berger

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