Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life

Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life

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 m As revelatory as Atul Gawande's Being Mortal, physician and award-winning author Louise Aronson's Elderhood is an ess...

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Title:Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life
Author:Louise Aronson
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:464 pages pages

Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life Reviews

  • Elyse Walters
    May 10, 2019
    Medicine today has become as much about prevention as well as treatment. It?s at least moving in that direction with many medical doctors today - re- educating themselves in Functional medicine ? treating the whole person - looking for root causes rather than treatment alone. ...
  • Sara Woodbury
    Aug 23, 2019
    Kinda bleak and yet... ...
  • Karen
    Jun 28, 2019
    Overall I liked this book. Aronson is a good writer, and I felt that the stories of her patients were interesting. I felt I learned quite a bit. She points out the problems of our health care system, but she didn't go quite far as I would have liked. I would have liked more practical w...
  • Laurie
    Jul 31, 2019
    There are a number of problems with the way society deals with aging, and Aronson covers them here. There are few drug trials that use older people; most trials are designed around middle aged, white, males. There is no one storage place of medical records, which creates a problem when...
  • Gaby
    May 26, 2019
    I find myself sharing stories from Elderhood with friends and family. Elderhood discusses how the lack of resources and research placed on the treatment of older patients leads to uneven and inadequate medical treatment. The is gap is attributable to doctors, hospitals, drug companies,...
  • Kathleen Flynn
    Jul 25, 2019
    This book has some of my favorite things: Good writing. A doctor thinking about what it means to be a doctor, and telling interesting stories about her patients. Reflections on aging, dying, and the purpose of life. Did I mention good writing? Elderhood was a pleasure to read, and ...
  • Cathy
    Aug 14, 2019
    Actually, I didn't finish it. I liked the stories of her patients, I liked what her practice does - the services they offer and coordinate. HOerver, the construct of hrt book as the stages of life felt forced and a bit confusing. Then she got into her own life (which was interesting) w...
  • Canadian
    May 24, 2019
    At over 450 pages, ELDERHOOD, by San Francisco geriatrician Louise Aronson, is a big book. It?s an ambitious one, too. In the opening pages, the author states her intention to highlight relevant information from many disciplines about the last of the three acts in a human life: old a...
  • Jill
    Apr 19, 2019
    Anyone who is already old, caring for someone old, or intending to grow old in the near or distant future needs to read this book. Now! And that not only includes readers; it also includes policy-makers. Elderhood is not a ?how-to? book that treads over the same old tired ground...
  • Lillian
    Jun 24, 2019
    Louise Aronson makes a valiant effort to give elders a voice and a presence but truly there is no new information here from Atul Gwande's Being Mortal. Aronson's book could have benefited from a lot less memoir and more focus on the issue. Probably about 150 pages longer than it nee...
  • Aliceconlon
    Jul 21, 2019
    A comprehensive, unsurprising, and sobering look at how doctors and the medical community treat and mistreat the elderly, defined by Aronson as people in the sixties and older. I was disappointed in Aronson's rambling style, limited number of anecdotes/examples, and her overriding pity...
  • Angie Boyter
    Apr 19, 2019
    Rather disappointing See my Amazon Vine review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3M0S5M... ...
  • Rachel Bhattacharyya
    Jul 28, 2019
    Eldercare is a well-crafted, extremely readable book - part memoir, part illumination of the problems with America's healthcare system, especially when it involves care of older people. Louise Aronson effectively validates older people, humanizing the invisible segment of our society a...
  • Barbara (The Bibliophage)
    Jul 04, 2019
    Originally published on my book blog, TheBibliophage.com. Louise Aronson subtitles Elderhood with the following: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life. I submit that she focuses primarily on the second of these topics, rather than the other two. And that makes se...
  • Kristine
    Apr 30, 2019
    Elderhood by Louise Aronson is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late April. Oof, it looks quite deep from the chapter names in the table of contents, though I?d eventually learn that these didn?t bear much relevance on the stories being told as much as just marking where on...
  • Cindy
    Jul 31, 2019
    While there were things I learned and liked about this book, it is a disorganized mess. ...
  • Debra Robert
    Jun 25, 2019
    This bk is not terribly interesting unless you?re a doctor. There are a few main ideas that are important to read about and know. 1. Older adults are generally disregarded. 2. Health care is not not adequate for older adults. 3. People are more contact in the last stages of their l...
  • Donna
    Aug 12, 2019
    This has been an important read for me. I appreciated the personal approach of the author to describe and explain her own experience in the areas of education, training, relationships as a physician, and as a family member. The redefinition of old age to elderhood is uplifting, howev...
  • Bill
    Apr 24, 2019
    Anyone who is over 65 or knows someone closely who is in that category needs to read this book. Written by a doctor who specializes in the elderly, it is extremely interesting and easy to read. Along with Atul Gawande?s Being Mortal, it provides insights into how senior citizens live...
  • Bob H
    Apr 27, 2019
    This is a sensitively written account of Dr. Aronson's career in geriatrics -- an autobiography centered on her life experience and medical career -- and a critique of geriatrics, US medicine generally and of how our society deals with aging. Along the way, she shows us a medical syste...
  • Elicia
    Jul 30, 2019
    Pro: Well-researched descriptions of the trials of aging. I feel more empathy for the elderly and learned positive manners for interaction. Con: Random illogical book structure, too many descriptions of personal strife. ...
  • Jill Meyer
    Mar 24, 2019
    I'll admit I was a bit disappointed in Dr Louise Aronson's new book, "Elderhood: Medicine, Society, and Life's Third Act". I thought it would be a bit more practical and cover specific topics about aging. Instead, the book is really a series of essays about Dr Aronson's introduction an...
  • Donna
    Jun 13, 2019
    Excellent, conversational in tone, and erudite in execution. Filled with examples of how aging patients are viewed and devalued by the medical establishment. Should be required reading for anyone with aging parents and definitely medical school students who won't have time to read it. ...
  • Nancy
    Aug 03, 2019
    Well written and informative, but I was so infuriated with our medical system and saddened by the results of its neglect of people past middle age that I finally had to stop reading 3/4 of the way through. My advice is to read the book in pieces, taking time out to read something light...
  • Keeley
    Mar 27, 2019
    Louise Aronson tackles the rampant ageism that is alive and well in the medical field in the US today. She covers how old age has been defined historically and how it has morphed to represent fear and death in current western society. She brilliantly knocks down ageist stereotypes not ...
  • Ellyn Lem
    Jul 03, 2019
    This must be my summer of great books since I don't remember when I have read so many "five star" ones. Louise Aronson is a geriatrician, and I have been waiting for this book of hers to come out for a while now after I read an excellent op-ed piece she wrote for the NY Times about the...
  • Julia Nock
    Jun 26, 2019
    This is a wonderful book about the intersection of the later stages of life, medicine, and society. Just as children are not simply, as once thought, small adults, but a time of life with its own developmental stages and needs, so aging is an articulated time of life with a broad spect...
  • Karen Schnakenberg
    Aug 13, 2019
    Anther important work on the process of aging and dying and our current practices don't generally take account of the full person and her wishes. Engagingly written with a strong mix of theory and various stories of individual lives that illuminate each other. ...
  • Lynn
    Aug 17, 2019
    My father is 98, his wife is 85. His wife of 60 years (my mother) died in 2008. Five month?s later, after ?courting? her just a few times, he proposed to his present wife. They married five months later once they found a date that would accommodate all their distant children. The...
  • Barbara Hugh
    Aug 18, 2019
    Very comprehensive reflections on the health care of older citizens. Author finely critics the short comings of medical education the way our health care system rewards treatments and tests and not time talking to patients and coordinating their care. ...