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

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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

  • geri chesner
    Nov 03, 2019
    I heard Louise Aronson on NPR talking about this book last summer. Due to my interest in working with elderly persons related to nurturing their creativity, I checked this book out of the library. I read it, slowly, learning so much from it. I have had the book and have renewed it ...
  • Karen Ng
    Oct 27, 2019
    I've read my share of books on aging, the definition of life, as well as problems with US healthcare. Dr. Aronson combined all three topics into one interesting book, flawlessly. Highly recommend if these topics are your cup of tea. ...
  • Elyse (retired from reviewing/semi hiatus) 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. ...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Sandy Brehl
    Sep 04, 2019
    This is a weighty book, in length, complexity, and content. The anecdotal examples throughout lift the reading and make it more digestible and human, applying statistical and medical and societal realities to individual lives. I tend to plow through books or pass on them, but this is...
  • Angie Boyter
    Apr 19, 2019
    Rather disappointing See my Amazon Vine review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3M0S5M... ...
  • Steve
    Aug 25, 2019
    I was disappointed in this book. There was little new here for me. This book was 400 pages of stating the obvious, a rehash of multiple other books on the subject and very tedious repetition. The author repeats the premise of the book multiple, multiple times. The elderly are not treat...
  • Janie
    Sep 30, 2019
    Elderhood, like an Act III in life (after childhood and adulthood), can be "long and varied. If we see and feel differently about elderhood (old age), we can make different choices, ones that change our experience of elderhood for the better." (p. 9) ...
  • 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...
  • Georgette
    Aug 12, 2019
    Not quite what I thought it was going to be, but a useful tool for caregivers. ...
  • Cindy
    Jul 31, 2019
    While there were things I learned and liked about this book, it is a disorganized mess. ...
  • Erica
    Aug 31, 2019
    There was enough in this book that was interesting and revelatory that I finished it, even though it was a slog in many places. I enjoyed the stories of former patients, and when she talked of specifics of incorrect care for the elderly. However much of the book was repetitive, not in ...
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • Vontel
    Oct 29, 2019
    This is an excellent book, which I have partially read, interspersed at times with other books. I highly recommend it, even though it is almost 400 pages of text, followed by pages of chapter notes and bibliography. It is written with great humanity, humility, & focus, by an en...
  • Stephanie Lynn
    Sep 22, 2019
    Listen, we're all going to grow old and die one day, at least I'm hoping to be afforded such an opportunity. It doesn't have to be a miserable experience. The world that we're building now is the one that we will inhabit in the future. We need to do better, not just for the older adult...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Carroll Nelson Davis
    Nov 09, 2019
    Rather than a handbook or a treatise, this reader came to appreciate Aronson's "Elderhood" as a conversation on the universal and complex reality of people living in the last stage(s) of human life. Aronson provides ample historical background and literature citations, but more signifi...
  • Morgan
    Aug 27, 2019
    A fantastic and important book for our generation and every generation. Louise Aronson eloquently explains and examines both individual and systematic challenges with aging in a way that?s relatable and poetic. Everyone should read this book, meditate on it, keep it on their shelves,...
  • Synthia Salomon
    Sep 18, 2019
    My father is turning 70 this Sunday. As the master of ceremony to this huge event, I read this text for insight on Elderhood. ?We?re all headed toward old age. Improving our own elderhood means challenging the societal prejudices and misconceptions that relegate the elderly to the ...
  • Karenclifford61
    Oct 04, 2019
    The author is a Geriatrician and obviously chose the profession that fully utilizes her skills (compassion, understanding, curiosity, problem solving...) in addition to being an outstanding author! Unfortunately our medical system does not appreciate the value of this field and highly ...