Selected texts from diaries of an old man facing the end of his life

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Abstract

Selected texts derived from the edited diaries of an eighty year old man shed a light on the troubles of old age, declining health and wellbeing in a year prior to death. The author, Hans Warren (1921-2001) is a well known Dutch poet. Despite his poor physical condition and his mental frailty he confides his daily anguish and his lonely sufferings to his diary, resulting in an upsetting story of unhappiness and frustration. Although quite a few doctors are consulted, their advice seems inadequate or futile. The author's relationship with his supporting partner, who is nearly forty years his junior, suffers under the strain of daily conflicts and humiliating dependency. Despite all this they share moments of love and friendship until the end. The author expresses thankfulness for all things of beauty he can still enjoy.

Translated title of the contributionSelected texts from diaries of an old man facing the end of his life
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)25-29
Number of pages5
JournalTijdschrift voor Gerontologie en Geriatrie
Volume37
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2006

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