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Being Mortal: Illness Medicine and What Matters in the End

Being Mortal Illness Medicine and What Matters in the End

In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending
Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Nursing homes, preoccupied with safety, pin patients into railed beds and wheelchairs. Hospitals isolate the dying, checking for vital signs long after the goals of cure have become moot. Doctors, committed to extending life, continue to carry out devastating procedures that in the end extend suffering.

Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession’s ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Gawande offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person’s last weeks or months may be rich and dignified.

Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, Being Mortal asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end.

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Book: Ageing In the “New Age”: A survival guide for Baby Boomers

Ageing in the New Age - A survival guide for baby boomers

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Over the next 30 years we will be supporting huge numbers of people through the transition of life that is the journey of old age and the pathway to death. The fact remains that death and taxes are a surety in life, but the pathway doesn’t have to be negative and fruitless.

This is a great book to use as an education and planning tool for the Baby Boomer and their parents. It is also a great book to gift to your older parents if you are concerned about having the “difficult conversations”.

I ask all who read this book to be brave in the face of change as you all have the power to make change or decide to stay the same. So, take every opportunity to engage in the most important part of your life’s journey and remember it is all about you.

“This book encourages the use of emotional intelligence, which he describes in terms of recognising our own feelings and emotions and those of others, as a central strategy.
Financial planning is discussed in the context of BBs pushing retirement out, generally having better health, education and greater expectations of their retirement. The changes of ageing are outlined: physical, cognitive, sensory, and medication issues.
I was particularly pleased to see this as too often sex is avoided as a topic related to ageing…”
— Emeritus Professor Rhonda Nay LTU