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Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life | Louise Aronson
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As revelatory as Atul Gawande's Being Mortal, physician and award-winning author Louise Aronson's Elderhood is an essential, empathetic look at a vital but often disparaged stage of life. For more than 5,000 years, "old" has been defined as beginning between the ages of 60 and 70. That means most people alive today will spend more years in elderhood than in childhood, and many will be elders for 40 years or more. Yet at the very moment that humans are living longer than ever before, we've made old age into a disease, a condition to be dreaded, denigrated, neglected, and denied. Reminiscent of Oliver Sacks, noted Harvard-trained geriatrician Louise Aronson uses stories from her quarter century of caring for patients, and draws from history, science, literature, popular culture, and her own life to weave a vision of old age that's neither nightmare nor utopian fantasy--a vision full of joy, wonder, frustration, outrage, and hope about aging, medicine, and humanity itself. Elderhood is for anyone who is, in the author's own words, "an aging, i.e., still-breathing human being."
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arubabookwoman
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I got some lovely new books in the mail today.

BarbaraTheBibliophage Elderhood is quite good, even though it‘s not an easy read. 2mo
arubabookwoman @BarbaraTheBibliophage I started it as a library book and after reading a couple of chapters knew I needed my own copy! 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @arubabookwoman The best way to test out a book! 2mo
LeahBergen I spy a lovely Persephone! 2mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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I thought the world of Dr. Aronson‘s book and she was even more fabulous in person at the Decatur Book Festival. Well-moderated by Dr. Ted Johnson #DBF2019

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ONH
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“. . . I realized that medical training doesn‘t just erode doctors‘ empathy: it brainwashes the common sense right out of us.”

Finding some sections of this book a bit repetitive, but other than that, it‘s a smooth read that expertly mixes patient-physician anecdote with history, culture, language, and perspective, conveying a solid understanding about how geriatrics wound up where it is and where it needs to go.

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ONH
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I have my first medical school interview next weekend 🙀 In between reviewing my personal statement and reflecting on my interview answers, I‘m going to dive into this thoughtfully innovative book on geriatrics to distract myself 👩🏽‍⚕️🧬💉💊 I listened to an interview with the author on NPR and immediately had to Amazon prime this one ...

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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It‘s hard to explain my feelings about this book in a short review. The author is a geriatric physician, and knows EXACTLY how badly the U.S. medical system treats youngold, oldold, and reallyreallyold people. This is more than just that, but it wanders and rambles. Sometimes that‘s valuable, and sometimes not. Great for caregivers and people getting older.

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2019
#elderhood #thanksnetgalley

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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“It was then that I saw what had been right in front of me my entire career: that the experiences of older people in our health care system are indicative of how current medical care is broken for all of us.”

⬆️ Why this book applies to everyone, not just the elderly and their caregivers.

#elderhood

Suet624 Amen to that. 7mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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The author works within the medical system, sees its failures, tries to help create success—based on what‘s appropriate for her elderly patients. She also gets deeply burned out, and is honest (if not fully transparent) about how that felt and how she recovered.

#elderhood

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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That last sentence goes like this, “It prioritizes treatment over prevention, parts over wholes, fixing over caring, averages over individuals, and the new over the proven.”

#elderhood

Clare-Dragonfly So true. 😣 7mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Clare-Dragonfly Yes, and it‘s depressing. 😰 7mo
Daisey Several of the quotes you‘ve shared have caught my attention and ring true, but I just can‘t click that little heart for these kinds of statements. 7mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Daisey Yeah, I hear you. It‘s a despicable situation. 7mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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This book is very quotable, covering a wide variety of topics about the U.S. medical system and how it impacts people from about age 50 on. I read the ARC, so technically can‘t post as many quotes as I‘d like. But I‘ll throw a few out there from the ebook sample.

Review coming in a few hours!

#elderhood

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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This is a geriatrician‘s perspective on aging—how we treat it as individuals and a society. As always, I wish for more patient stories as less historical, philosophical information. #arc #netgalley #elderhood #aging #dignityandrespect

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